The Relationships Between Logical Thinking, Gender, and Kinematics Graph Interpretation Skills

BEKTAŞLI B., White A. L.

EGITIM ARASTIRMALARI-EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.12, no.48, pp.1-19, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier


Problem Statement: Kinematics is one of the topics in physics where graphs are used broadly. Kinematics includes many abstract formulas, and students usually try to solve problems with those formulas. However, using a kinematics graph instead of formulas might be a better option for problem solving in kinematics. Graphs are abstract representations, so a student's level of logical thinking might be an indicator for understanding a kinematics graph. This paper examines a possible connection between students' kinematics graph interpretation skills and logical thinking.