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written by Jennifer Docktor, Jay Dornfeld, Evan Frodermann, Kenneth Heller, Leonardo Hsu, Koblar Alan Jackson, Andrew J. Mason, Qing X. Ryan, and Jie Yang
Problem solving is a complex process valuable in everyday life and crucial for learning in the STEM fields. To support the development of problem-solving skills it is important for researchers and curriculum developers to have practical tools that can measure the difference between novice and expert problem-solving performance in authentic classroom work. It is also useful if such tools can be employed by instructors to guide their pedagogy. We describe the design, development, and testing of a simple rubric to assess written solutions to problems given in undergraduate introductory physics courses. In particular, we present evidence for the validity, reliability, and utility of the instrument. The rubric identifies five general problem-solving processes and defines the criteria to attain a score in each: organizing problem information into a Useful Description, selecting appropriate principles (Physics Approach), applying those principles to the specific conditions in the problem (Specific Application of Physics), using Mathematical Procedures appropriately, and displaying evidence of an organized reasoning pattern (Logical Progression).
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 010130
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J. Docktor, J. Dornfeld, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, K. Jackson, A. Mason, Q. Ryan, and J. Yang, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12 (1), 010130 (2016), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010130).
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J. Docktor, J. Dornfeld, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, K. Jackson, A. Mason, Q. Ryan, and J. Yang, Assessing student written problem solutions: A problem-solving rubric with application to introductory physics, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12 (1), 010130 (2016), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010130>.
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Docktor, J., Dornfeld, J., Frodermann, E., Heller, K., Hsu, L., Jackson, K., Mason, A., Ryan, Q., & Yang, J. (2016, May 11). Assessing student written problem solutions: A problem-solving rubric with application to introductory physics. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 12(1), 010130. Retrieved April 19, 2019, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010130
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Docktor, J, J. Dornfeld, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, K. Jackson, A. Mason, Q. Ryan, and J. Yang. "Assessing student written problem solutions: A problem-solving rubric with application to introductory physics." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, no. 1, (May 11, 2016): 010130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010130 (accessed 19 April 2019).
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Docktor, Jennifer, Jay Dornfeld, Evan Frodermann, Kenneth Heller, Leonardo Hsu, Koblar Alan Jackson, Andrew Mason, Qing Ryan, and Jie Yang. "Assessing student written problem solutions: A problem-solving rubric with application to introductory physics." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12.1 (2016): 010130. 19 Apr. 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010130>.
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