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Transferability and specialization: analyzing STEM students’ perspectives of problem-solving
written by Vina Macias, Jacob Poirier, Benjamin M. Zwickl, and Susan Rothwell
Problem-solving is emphasized in introductory physics courses to equip students with tools that hopefully transfer to their future lives and careers. The EMPOWER project interviewed undergraduate STEM majors from computing, manufacturing, nursing, energy, and physics about their perspectives on problem-solving. Sixty-nine student focus groups were conducted, totaling 239 students. All students emphasized the importance of problem-solving in their discipline of study, but no single practice of problem-solving was applicable for all students. Most problem-solving perspectives were unique to each discipline (e.g., perseverance was emphasized in physics, empathy in nursing), while some perspectives were emphasized across several STEM fields (e.g., teamwork). Transferable problem-solving practices were often used alongside specialized practices to handle the unique challenges of each discipline. Findings suggest shifting away from framing problem-solving as a solitary transferable skill and toward framing problem-solving as an integrated set of context-dependent practices.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
= Transfer
- Problem Solving
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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V. Macias, J. Poirier, B. Zwickl, and S. Rothwell, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15297&DocID=5209).
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V. Macias, J. Poirier, B. Zwickl, and S. Rothwell, Transferability and specialization: analyzing STEM students’ perspectives of problem-solving, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15297&DocID=5209>.
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Macias, V., Poirier, J., Zwickl, B., & Rothwell, S. (2019, July 24-25). Transferability and specialization: analyzing STEM students’ perspectives of problem-solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved June 4, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15297&DocID=5209
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Macias, V, J. Poirier, B. Zwickl, and S. Rothwell. "Transferability and specialization: analyzing STEM students’ perspectives of problem-solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15297&DocID=5209 (accessed 4 June 2020).
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Macias, Vina, Jacob Poirier, Benjamin Zwickl, and Susan Rothwell. "Transferability and specialization: analyzing STEM students’ perspectives of problem-solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 4 June 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15297&DocID=5209>.
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