ERIC Number: ED474008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Why Solve Problems?--Interviewing College Faculty about the Learning and Teaching of Problem Solving.
Yerushalmi, E.; Heller, K.; Heller, P.; Henderson, C.; Kuo, V.
This paper describes the design and initial data analysis of an ongoing study to determine the important elements, as perceived by faculty, of the learning and teaching of problem solving in the context of an introductory calculus-based physics course. To elicit instructors' beliefs that inform their instructional choices, an interview around three concrete situations was designed: (1) instructors' solutions; (2) students' solutions; and (3) actual practice. This paper discusses the preliminary results of a comparison of two instructors who are known to differ primarily in their approaches to the teaching of problem solving. There is evidence to suggest that the main difference between these two instructors is not in their vision of the expert problem solving process, but in the presence and treatment of competing models of learning and instruction. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Physics, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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
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Note: Paper presented at the Physics Educational Research Conference (Rochester, NY, July 2001).