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ERIC Number: EJ765916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Exploring the Development of Conceptual Understanding through Structured Problem-Solving in Physics
Gaigher, E.; Rogan, J. M.; Braun, M. W. H.
International Journal of Science Education, v29 n9 p1089-1110 Jul 2007
A study on the effect of a structured problem-solving strategy on problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding of physics was undertaken with 189 students in 16 disadvantaged South African schools. This paper focuses on the development of conceptual understanding. New instruments, namely a solutions map and a conceptual index, are introduced to assess conceptual understanding demonstrated in students' written solutions to examination problems. The process of the development of conceptual understanding is then explored within the framework of Greeno's model of scientific problem-solving and reasoning. It was found that students who had been exposed to the structured problem-solving strategy demonstrated better conceptual understanding of physics and tended to adopt a conceptual approach to problem-solving. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa