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written by Andrew Pawl, Analia Barrantes, and David E. Pritchard
We describe a modeling approach to help students learn expert problem solving. Models are used to present and hierarchically organize the syllabus content and apply it to problem solving, but students do not develop and validate their own Models through guided discovery. Instead, students classify problems under the appropriate instructor-generated Model by selecting a system to consider and describing the interactions that are relevant to that system. We believe that this explicit System, Interactions and Model (S.I.M.) problem modeling strategy represents a key simplification and clarification of the widely disseminated modeling approach originated by Hestenes and collaborators. Our narrower focus allows modeling physics to be integrated into (as opposed to replacing) a typical introductory college mechanics course, while preserving the emphasis on understanding systems and interactions that is the essence of modeling. We have employed the approach in a three-week review course for MIT freshmen who received a D in the fall mechanics course with very encouraging results.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 51-54
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Modeling
= Problem Solving
- Curriculum Development
= Course
Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
= Frameworks
- Reference Material
= Article
= Research study
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10.1063/1.3266752
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
Keywords:
PERC 2009, course reform, guided inquiry, hierarchical organization, introductory physics, modeling instruction, problem solving
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A. Pawl, A. Barrantes, and D. Pritchard, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9899&DocID=1531).
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A. Pawl, A. Barrantes, and D. Pritchard, Modeling Applied to Problem Solving presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9899&DocID=1531>.
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Pawl, A., Barrantes, A., & Pritchard, D. (2009, July 29-30). Modeling Applied to Problem Solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9899&DocID=1531
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Pawl, A, A. Barrantes, and D. Pritchard. "Modeling Applied to Problem Solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9899&DocID=1531 (accessed 2 September 2014).
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Pawl, Andrew, Analia Barrantes, and David E. Pritchard. "Modeling Applied to Problem Solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 51-54 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9899&DocID=1531>.
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