Investigating the use of mastery-style online homework exercises in introductory algebra-based mechanics in a controlled clinical study

William R. Evans, Mats A. Selen

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Abstract

Homework in introductory physics represents an important part of a student's learning experience; therefore, choosing the manner in which homework is presented merits investigation. We performed three rounds of clinical trials comparing the effects of mastery-style homework vs traditional-style homework with students in both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory mechanics. Results indicate a benefit from mastery-style over traditional-style homework, principally for weaker students who are less familiar with the material being covered and on questions that are nearer transfer to the study materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020119
JournalPhysical Review Physics Education Research
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 4 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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