Self-Explanation of an Answer Choice Is Beneficial to Student Performance

My name isDarcey N. Powell from West Virginia Universityand I presented my research at the APS 23rd Annual Convention in Washington DC.

Requiring students to explain their answers to multiple-choice homework questions improved their performance on the assignment, suggesting that these explanations facilitate a deeper understanding of the concepts. Female students scored higher than male students, but explanations were only associated with significantly higher scores for the male students.

Teaching Institute Poster Session – Board: – 049
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Darcey N. Powell
West Virginia University

Kaitlyn Ferris
West Virginia University

Aaron Metzger
West Virginia University

Katherine Karraker
West Virginia University