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ERIC Number: EJ827404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
An Assessment of the Effect of Collaborative Groups on Students' Problem-Solving Strategies and Abilities
Cooper, Melanie M.; Cox, Charles T., Jr.; Nammouz, Minory; Case, Edward; Stevens, Ronald
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n6 p866-872 Jun 2008
Improving students' problem-solving skills is a major goal for most science educators. While a large body of research on problem solving exists, assessment of meaningful problem solving is very difficult, particularly for courses with large numbers of students in which one-on-one interactions are not feasible. We have used a suite of software tools and pedagogies of small-group student collaborations to assess both student problem-solving strategies and student abilities as they change over time. This paper reports the use of these tools to probe the effectiveness of using small group interaction to improve problem solving. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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