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ERIC Number: ED474006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 5
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Instructors' Ideas about Problem Solving--Setting Goals.
Henderson, Charles; Heller, Kenneth; Heller, Patricia; Kuo, Vince H.; Yerushalmi, Edit
This paper presents preliminary hypotheses about the relationship between faculty goals for the introductory calculus-based physics course and their beliefs about student learning of problem solving. All faculties have problem solving as a major goal for their courses. There appears to be however, an instructional paradox. When discussing how students learn to solve problems in their own courses, faculty indicates that reflective-practice skills are a necessary prerequisite, and that average students enter the course with these skills. When discussing general problem solving skills, however, faculty seem to believe that similar reflective-practice skills cannot be learned in an introductory physics course, and should be a long-term goal of university education. (Author)
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Physics Educational Research Conference (Rochester, NY, July 2001).