Jul 1, 2018
I am currently working as an educational researcher in the field of mathematics education and educational psychology at Freiburg University of Education.
This paper aims at identifying ontological categories as higher-order knowledge structures that underlie engineering students’ thinking about technical systems.
Sarah Hofer, Frank Reinhold, Frieder Loch, Birgit Vogel-Heuser
The Role of Spatial, Verbal, Numerical, and General Reasoning in Complex Word Problem Solving for Young Female and Male Adults
This study analyzed the relative importance of different cognitive abilities—spatial, verbal, numerical, and general reasoning—for solving Complex mathematical Word Problems among N = 1282 first-year university engineering students.
Frank Reinhold, Sarah Hofer, Michal Berkowitz, Anselm Strohmaier, Sarah Scheuerer, Frieder Loch, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Kristina Reiss
This paper presents a study that investigates the mental models of mechanical engineering students of technical systems. Results indicate that mental models may depend on the presentation of a problem. A questionnaire yielded a preference for a procedural approach, while questions prompting verbal information instead yield a structural preference.
Frieder Loch, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Frank Reinhold, Saskia Böck, Sarah Hofer, Kristina Reiss
The studies apply SA/RT and card sorting to analyze mental models and were conducted at the beginning of their academic education to understand influences on discipline-specific mental models that are observed in practice. The first study indicates that mental models of engineering students are typically based on structural properties of the machines. A second study identified nine dimensions that classify mental models of students.
Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Frieder Loch, Sarah Hofer, Eva-Maria Neumann, Frank Reinhold, Sarah Scheuerer, Kristina Reiss