ERIC Number: ED156427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Student Preferences in Problem-Solving Strategies.
Dunlop, David L.
The designs, results, and conclusions of several related research studies which examine the role of student preferences in problem-solving strategies are summarized. Emphasis is upon the relationship between an individual's stated preference and his or her ability to implement this preference and successfully solve a related science task. Students between the ages of 15 and 22 were given an 18-item abstract preference survey consisting of 18 written problem-solving tasks. The subjects were to state their preferences concerning method for arriving at a solution to each task and later were given the opportunity to solve three tasks taken from the survey. Results indicate that there was no significant difference between the abstract preference scores for formal and concrete operational students, although there were significant differences between the abstract ability scores for these students. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Problem Solving Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the 1977 annual meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association and the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association.