Title

Research-based Alternative to Traditional Problems in Introductory Physics

Document Type

Workshop

Presentation Date

Summer 7-17-2010

Conference Name

American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting

Conference Location

Portland, OR

Abstract

Accumulating research on problem solving in physics clearly indicates that traditional, end-of-chapter exercises in physics texts are not useful and may actually hinder students' learning of important physics concepts. The research also raises questions about the efficacy of such tasks for helping students develop "problem solving skills". In light of these results the question is: What alternative tasks can we use to help students develop problem solving skills and conceptual understanding? This workshop will review the research and then provide examples of several alternative tasks and their use. Participants will also get practice writing alternative problems for use in their own classrooms.

Keywords

problem solving, conceptual understanding, physics education research

Disciplines

Physics

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