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Abstract Title: Assessing Student’s Ability to Solve Textbook-Style Problems: Update
Abstract: Development of students problem-solving ability is commonly cited as a primary goal in introductory physics courses.  However, there is no broadly agreed upon definition of what is meant by problem solving.  Most physicists want students to successfully apply a logical 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.  We report on our continuing efforts to construct and validate a 13-item survey to help assess students' abilities at solving textbook-style problems in the domains of Newtons Laws, momentum, and energy. Since the Fall of 2009, we have been beta-testing this instrument on introductory physics students (pre-instruction and post-instruction) at several institutes and on a pool of experts. In this poster, we will present details of the survey instrument, its administration, and some results from our beta-tests.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jeff Marx
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-386-4619
and Co-Presenter(s)
Karen Cummings