ERIC Number: ED474006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
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)
Descriptors: Calculus, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Processes, Physics, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Thinking Skills
Web site: http://homepages.wmich.edu/~chenders/publications/publications.htm or http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/talks/talks.html
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Physics Educational Research Conference (Rochester, NY, July 2001).