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View Resource Physics Problem Solving in Cooperative Learning Groups

This research investigated the process of argument co-construction in 14 cooperative problem-solving groups in an algebra-based, college level, introductory physics course. The results of the research provide a rich description of argument co-construction, which, while predicted in previous literature, has not been systematically described. The research was a qualitative, case-study analysis of...

View Resource University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group

The University of Minnesota Physics Education Research and Development group. Links to materials on cooperative problem solving, context rich problems, and implementation of innovative teaching methods in the large lecture format. The site also features new and events and profiles for faculty and graduate students doing research in the program. The authors also provide links to other physics...

View Resource Cooperative Group Problem Solving

Students in introductory physics courses typically begin to solve a problem by plunging into the algebraic and numerical solution -- they search for and manipulate equations, plugging numbers into the equations until they find a combination that yields an answer (e.g. the plug-and-chug strategy). They seldom use their conceptual knowledge of physics to qualitatively analyze the problem situation,...

View Resource Teaching about the Properties of Water

This lesson, developed by Mitch Albers, is designed to encourage students to "investigate the properties of water and develop an understanding of how water behaves in a lake environment." The lesson overview, objectives, outcomes, keywords, prerequisite knowledge, materials/resources/software, time, and curriculum connections are given for instructors wishing to introduce their students to the...

View Resource The Development of Students' Probllem-Solving Skill from Instruction Emphasizing Qualitative Problem-Solving

Success in introductory college physics requires students to acquire not only the content knowledge of physics, but also the skills to solve problems using this knowledge. At the University of Minnesota, attempts are being made to teach problem solving successfully. One such attempt has an instructor explicitly teaching a strategy that emphasizes the qualitative analysis of a problem before the...

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