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written by Joshua Ridenour, Gerald Feldman, Raluca E. Teodorescu, Larry Medsker, and Nawal Benmouna
Developing competency in problem solving and enhancing conceptual understanding are primary objectives in introductory physics, and many techniques and tools are available to help instructors achieve them. Pedagogically, we use an easy-to-implement intervention, the ACCESS protocol, to develop and assess problem-solving skills in our SCALE-UP classroom environment for algebra-based physics. Based on our research and teaching experience, an important question has emerged: while primarily targeting improvements in problem-solving and cognitive development, is it necessary that conceptual understanding be compromised? To address this question, we gathered and analyzed information about student abilities, backgrounds, and instructional preferences. We report on our progress and give insights into matching the instructional tools to student profiles in order to achieve optimal learning in group-based active learning. The ultimate goal of our work is to integrate individual student learning needs into a pedagogy that moves students closer to expert-like status in problem solving.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 338-341
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
- Curriculum Development
= Course Goals
Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789721
PACSs:
01.40.-d
01.40.G-
01.40.gb
Keywords:
ACCESS, Conceptual Understanding, Learning goals, PERC 2012
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J. Ridenour, G. Feldman, R. Teodorescu, L. Medsker, and N. Benmouna, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12848&DocID=3380).
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J. Ridenour, G. Feldman, R. Teodorescu, L. Medsker, and N. Benmouna, Is Conceptual Understanding Compromised By A Problem- Solving Emphasis In An Introductory Physics Course?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12848&DocID=3380>.
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Ridenour, J., Feldman, G., Teodorescu, R., Medsker, L., & Benmouna, N. (2012, August 1-2). Is Conceptual Understanding Compromised By A Problem- Solving Emphasis In An Introductory Physics Course?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12848&DocID=3380
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Ridenour, J, G. Feldman, R. Teodorescu, L. Medsker, and N. Benmouna. "Is Conceptual Understanding Compromised By A Problem- Solving Emphasis In An Introductory Physics Course?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12848&DocID=3380 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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Ridenour, Joshua, Gerald Feldman, Raluca Teodorescu, Larry Medsker, and Nawal Benmouna. "Is Conceptual Understanding Compromised By A Problem- Solving Emphasis In An Introductory Physics Course?." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 338-341 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12848&DocID=3380>.
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