Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
Liberal arts writing by definition is sequential in appearance as adjacent paragraphs, while physics kinematics thinking involving the five variables (time, distance, initial velocity, final velocity, and acceleration) could be illustrated as spatial thinking in a diagram. The non-sequential linkage concept among the variables in a diagram is straightforward while the multiple linkages across the paragraphs in an essay is less obvious, especially to a community college pre- engineering student studying kinematics. A pedagogy has been developed to emphasize the multi-linkages in liberal arts writing with analogy to kinematics thinking so as to improve physics lab report writing. The first -score and post- score upon receiving writing improvement recommendation have been used to assess the pedagogy effectiveness in terms of correlation and relative gain. The assessment result suggests that the modeling of liberal arts writing as diagrammatic kinematics thinking would help students to improve on physics lab report writing.
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