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ERIC Number: EJ872358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Problem Solving: Physics Modeling-Based Interactive Engagement
Ornek, Funda
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v10 n2 Article 3 Dec 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate how modeling-based instruction combined with an interactive-engagement teaching approach promotes students' problem solving abilities. I focused on students in a calculus-based introductory physics course, based on the matter and interactions curriculum of Chabay & Sherwood (2002) at a large state engineering and science university in the USA. Characteristic of this course is its emphasis on modeling to foster students' understanding of physics and construction of new physics knowledge and to promote their problem solving ability. In this study, I examined students' problem-solving ability during three physics problem-solving protocols phases. Interviews were conducted with students on an individual basis. The results showed that the modeling-based interactive teaching method may have an impact on promoting students' physics problem solving ability and move them towards thinking like experts (physicists). It can be concluded that the modeling-based interactive teaching method may have the potential to promote students' problem-solving ability in an introductory physics course. (Contains 4 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana