ERIC Number: ED421347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of an Enhanced Problem Representation: On the Role of Elaborations in Physics Problem Solving.
Savelsbergh, Elwin R.; Ferguson-Hessler, Monica G. M.; de Jong, Ton
This study of physics problem-solving identifies reasoning mechanisms that enable the problem-solver to achieve the transformation to a physics structure of the problem situation. Elaboration is explored as a mechanism in fulfilling this transformation by providing beginning problem-solvers with elaborations that they failed to infer. A card sorting experiment was employed in which two versions of physics problem descriptions had to be sorted. A comparison is made between proficient and weak students. Findings provide evidence that the reasoning processes in weak students may be qualitatively different from the reasoning processes in proficient students, and that the major problem for weak problem-solvers is not that they do not know problem types but rather that they fail to elaborate on a given situation properly. (Contains 42 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Physics, Problem Solving, Science Curriculum, Secondary Education
University of Twente, Faculty of Educational Science and Technology, Dept. of Instructional Technology, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Twente Univ., Enschede (Netherlands). Faculty of Educational Science and Technology.
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands