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Comparing the performances of experts and novices on particular problem solving tasks has been a popular technique in problem solving research, uncovering differences in the ways the two groups categorize, approach, and solve problems. Applying this technique, two samples of students and one sample of experts categorized pre-written solutions to a mechanics problem. The responses reveal differences in how the beginning college students, more experienced college students, and physics instructors view solutions. Students focus on the solutions' surface features and presentation, while instructors look more closely at the deep structure. These differences indicate that instructors should consider modifying the way in which in-class and handed out problem solutions are presented to students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2003
Part of the PER Conference series
Madison, WI: August 6-7, 2003
Volume 720, Pages 129-132
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DOI:
10.1063/1.1807271
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9653145
9553460
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2003, classical mechanics, educational aids, problem solving, teaching, testing
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July 8, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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K. Harper, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, 2003, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2632&DocID=3416).
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K. Harper, Expert-Novice Comparisons to Illuminate Differences in Perceptions of Problem Solutions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, 2003, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2632&DocID=3416>.
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Harper, K. (2003, August 6-7). Expert-Novice Comparisons to Illuminate Differences in Perceptions of Problem Solutions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2632&DocID=3416
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Harper, Kathleen. "Expert-Novice Comparisons to Illuminate Differences in Perceptions of Problem Solutions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, August 6-7, 2003. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2632&DocID=3416 (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Harper, Kathleen. "Expert-Novice Comparisons to Illuminate Differences in Perceptions of Problem Solutions." Physics Education Research Conference 2003. Madison, WI: 2003. 129-132 Vol. 720 of PER Conference. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2632&DocID=3416>.
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