Factors Associated to the Problem Solving Skills of Physical Science Majors Students in Physics

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Cooperative Problem Solving in Physics
A User’s Manual
Why? What? How?

STEP 1

Recognize the Problem
What's going on?

STEP 2

Describe the problem in terms of the field
What does this have to do with ...... ?

STEP 3

Plan a solution
How do I get out of this?

STEP 4

Execute the plan
Let's get an answer

STEP 5

Evaluate the solution
Can this be true?

Kenneth Heller
Patricia Heller
University of Minnesota
With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Minnesota, and U.S.
Department of Education

© Kenneth & Patricia Heller, 2010

Acknowledgments
In reaching this stage in this work, we gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of
Minnesota, the U.S. Department of
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Connecting Students, Physics, and Problem Solving
Why Teach Physics through Problem Solving?
What Students Typically Learn Through Problem Solving
Who Benefits?

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Chapter 3. Combating Problem Solving that Avoids Physics

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Part 1 – Teaching Physics Through Problem Solving

How Context-rich Problems Help Students Engage in Real Problem Solving
The Relationship Between Students’ Problem Solving Difficulties and the Design of Context-Rich Problems
How to Discourage Students from Memorizing Formulas
Chapter 4. Building Physics into Problem Solving

What Is a Problem-solving Framework?
A Physics Example: The Competent Problem-solving Framework
Example of an “Ideal” Student’s Problem Solution
Problem Solving as A Series of Translations
Initial Objections to Teaching a Problem-solving Framework
Chapter 5. Reinforcing Student Use of a Problem-solving Framework

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Flow-Charts of Problem-solving Decisions
Instructor Problem Solutions on Answer Sheets
Putting Together the Scaffolding for Students

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Chapter 6. Why Cooperative Problem Solving (CPS)

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The Dilemma and a Solution
A Framework for Teaching and Learning Introductory Physics:
Cognitive Apprenticeship
Course Structures and Cognitive Apprenticeship
Part 2 – Using Cooperative Problem Solving
Chapter 7. Cooperative Problem Solving:

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