ERIC Number: ED191716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Physics Problems and the Process of Self-Regulation. AESOP (Advancement of Education in Science-Oriented Programs) Paper.
Lawson, Anton E.; Wollman, Warren T.
One aspect of Jean Piaget's theory of intellectual development is presented and its implications for designing and using homework problems is discussed. Suggested is a way in which homework problems can be used to provide students an opportunity for self-regulation. Also discussed are the deficiencies of typical homework problems and examples are provided which can initiate self-regulation. Self-regulation is defined as the spontaneous but gradual process of seeking a coherence of ideas with observations, and of ideas with other ideas in Piagetian terms, integrating concepts into larger conceptual frameworks. Homework problems suggested to aid the student in self-regulation should include open-ended problems, problems with an apparent paradox, record keeping of the students' various ideas (successful or not), should require the students to draw diagrams of the problem, and the problems should require the student to search for data to solve the problems. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.