ERIC Number: ED468195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul-15
Concept-Based Problem Solving: Combining Educational Research Results and Practical Experience To Create a Framework for Learning Physics and To Derive Effective Classroom Practices.
Leonard, William J.; Gerace, William J.; Dufresne, Robert J.; Mestre, Jose P.
This paper identifies five types of learning experiences which are relevant to understanding students' grasp of concepts and principles. These include exploring existing concepts, honing and clustering concepts, developing analytical and reasoning skills, developing problem solving skills, and structuring knowledge in memory. Each of these learning experiences is presented with research results and some of the instructional methods and classroom techniques identified for a rich learning environment. Changes in teaching approaches require new roles for both teachers and students. This paper suggests a way for teachers to model for students and presents a student-centered process for learners to extract knowledge from experience. (Contains 49 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Instructional Effectiveness, Physics, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
For full text: http://umperg.physics.umass.edu/gemsFolder/umperg2/CBPSP.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Physics Education Research Group.
Note: Taken from the Teacher's Guide (Supplement B) to accompany "Minds-On Physics: Motion."