P927: Analysis of reading patterns during multiple-choice problem solving in chemistry

Author: Jessica Vogl, Grand Valley State University, USA

Co-Author: Jessica R. VandenPlas and Thomas Pentecost, Grand Valley State University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

Eye-tracking methodology is used to monitor how problem solvers interact with a multiple-choice question. Data from experts and novices answering questions from a conceptual assessment of bonding, structure, and polarity in the context of general chemistry will be presented. Results are consistent with the hypothesis that individuals with greater prior knowledge are capable of holding more information in working memory, requiring fewer “look backs” to a given question prior to selecting a correct answer.