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Abstract Title: Development of an Assessment of Textbook Problem-Solving Ability
Abstract: Development of students' "problem-solving ability" is commonly cited as one of the primary goals in introductory physics courses. However, there is no broadly agreed upon definition of what is meant by "problem solving."  Most physicists want students to be able to successfully apply a logically yet flexible approach to solving real-world problems significantly different from any they have seen before. Still, many introductory instructors are primarily concerned with how successfully and thoughtfully students solve standard textbook-style problems. In this poster, we will present our progress on the development of a multiple-choice survey, the function of which is to reasonably characterize the problem-solving ability of introductory, undergraduate physics students in the realms of dynamics, energy, and momentum. Specifically, we will discuss our particular motivations and goals for this project, share some specific examples of items we have developed, and invite interested faculty to participate in the testing of our instrument.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jeff Marx
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 4103864619
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Karen Cummings
Southern Connecticut State University