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American Journal of Physics
written by Maja Poklinek Cancula, Gorazd Planinšic, and Eugenia Etkina
We report detailed observations of three pairs of expert scientists and a pair of advanced undergraduate students solving an experimental optics problem. Using a new method ("transition graphs") of visualizing sequences of logical steps, we were able to compare the groups and identify patterns that could not be found using previously existing methods. While the problem solving of undergraduates significantly differed from that of experts at the beginning of the process, it gradually became more similar to the expert problem solving. We mapped problem solving steps and their sequence to the elements of an approach to teaching and learning physics called Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE), and we speculate that the ISLE educational framework closely represents the actual work of physicists
American Journal of Physics: Volume 83, Issue 4, Pages 366
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Education - Basic Research
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M. Cancula, G. Planinšic, and E. Etkina, Am. J. Phys. 83 (4), 366 (2015), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913528).
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M. Cancula, G. Planinšic, and E. Etkina, Analyzing patterns in experts' approaches to solving experimental problems, Am. J. Phys. 83 (4), 366 (2015), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913528>.
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Cancula, M., Planinšic, G., & Etkina, E. (2015). Analyzing patterns in experts' approaches to solving experimental problems. Am. J. Phys., 83(4), 366. Retrieved September 21, 2018, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913528
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Cancula, M, G. Planinšic, and E. Etkina. "Analyzing patterns in experts' approaches to solving experimental problems." Am. J. Phys. 83, no. 4, (2015): 366, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913528 (accessed 21 September 2018).
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Cancula, Maja Poklinek, Gorazd Planinšic, and Eugenia Etkina. "Analyzing patterns in experts' approaches to solving experimental problems." Am. J. Phys. 83.4 (2015): 366. 21 Sep. 2018 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913528>.
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