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written by Vazgen Shekoyan and Eugenia Etkina
One important aspect of physics instruction is helping students develop better problem solving expertise. Besides enhancing the content knowledge, problems help students develop different cognitive abilities and skills. This paper focuses on ill-structured problems. These problems are different from traditional "end of chapter" well-structured problems. They do not have one right answer and thus the student has to examine different possibilities, assumptions and evaluate the outcomes. To solve such problems one has to engage in a cognitive monitoring called epistemic cognition. It is an important part of thinking in real life. Physicists routinely use epistemic cognition when they solve problems. We present a scaffolding technique for introducing ill-structured problems in introductory physics recitations and describe preliminary results of an exploratory study of student problem solving of ill-structured problems.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 192-195
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
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DOI:
10.1063/1.2820930
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01.40.Fk 01.40.Ha 01.40.gb
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PERC 2007, educational courses, epistemic cognition, ill-structured problems, physics, problem solving, scaffolding techniques, teaching
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V. Shekoyan and E. Etkina, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9105&DocID=2019).
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V. Shekoyan and E. Etkina, Introducing Ill-Structured Problems in Introductory Physics Recitations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9105&DocID=2019>.
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Shekoyan, V., & Etkina, E. (2007, August 1-2). Introducing Ill-Structured Problems in Introductory Physics Recitations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9105&DocID=2019
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Shekoyan, Vazgen, and Eugenia Etkina. "Introducing Ill-Structured Problems in Introductory Physics Recitations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9105&DocID=2019 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Shekoyan, Vazgen, and Eugenia Etkina. "Introducing Ill-Structured Problems in Introductory Physics Recitations." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 192-195 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9105&DocID=2019>.
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