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written by Jennifer Docktor, Natalie Strand, Jose P. Mestre, and Brian H. Ross
Students in introductory physics courses treat problem solving as an exercise in manipulating equations, symbols, and quantities with the goal of obtaining the correct answer. Although this approach is efficient for getting answers, it is far from optimal for learning how conceptual knowledge is applied in the problem-solving process. The goal of this study is to refine and evaluate an approach that encourages students to begin by writing a strategic analysis of a problem based on principles and procedures, and then to follow with a documented problem solution that exhibits, side-by-side, how concepts and equations go together in a solution. We will discuss the implementation and effectiveness of this approach in four local high school classrooms.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 137-140
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Reference Material
= Report
= Research study
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10.1063/1.3515180
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0837058
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Keywords:
PERC 2010, conceptual, problem solving, strategy
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J. Docktor, N. Strand, J. Mestre, and B. Ross, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10421&DocID=1889).
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J. Docktor, N. Strand, J. Mestre, and B. Ross, A Conceptual Approach to Physics Problem Solving presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10421&DocID=1889>.
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Docktor, J., Strand, N., Mestre, J., & Ross, B. (2010, July 21-22). A Conceptual Approach to Physics Problem Solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved August 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10421&DocID=1889
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Docktor, J, N. Strand, J. Mestre, and B. Ross. "A Conceptual Approach to Physics Problem Solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10421&DocID=1889 (accessed 22 August 2014).
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Docktor, Jennifer, Natalie Strand, Jose Mestre, and Brian Ross. "A Conceptual Approach to Physics Problem Solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 137-140 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 22 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10421&DocID=1889>.
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