PERC 2011 Abstract Detail Page
|Abstract Title:||Measuring the evolution of introductory physics students' problem solving skills|
|Abstract:||As a first step to determine if different curricula or activities such as on-line computer coaching can help improve students' problem solving skills, one needs to establish a baseline. To that end we assessed student problem solutions on in-class tests as they progressed through the first semester of a calculus-based introductory physics course (mechanics). The assessment tool used was the problem-solving rubric developed by the University of Minnesota PER Group (Docktor 2009) designed to measure problem-solving skills along five different dimensions that characterize differences between expert and novice problem solving. Student problem-solving interviews were used as a consistency check of the results. The results from a representative sample of the students in the class will be presented.
Docktor, J.L. (2009). Development and validation of a physics problem-solving assessment rubric. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
|Abstract Type:||Contributed Poster
University of Minnesota-Twin cities
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Minneapolis, MN 55455
|Ken Heller, Leon Hsu, Anne Loyle-Langholz, Andrew Mason|