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European Journal of Physics
written by Andrew J. Mason and Chandralekha Singh
Students' attitudes and approaches to problem solving in physics can greatly impact their actual problem solving practices and also influence their motivation to learn and ultimately the development of expertise. We developed and validated an attitudes and approaches to problem solving (AAPS) survey and administered it to students in the introductory physics courses in a typical large research university in the US. Here, we discuss the development and validation of the survey and analysis of the student responses to the survey questions in introductory physics courses. The introductory physics students' responses to the survey questions were also compared with those of physics faculty members and physics PhD students. We find that introductory students are in general less expert-like than the physics faculty members and PhD students. Moreover, on some AAPS survey questions, the responses of students and faculty have unexpected trends. Those trends were interpreted via individual interviews, which helped clarify reasons for those survey responses.
European Journal of Physics: Volume 37, Issue 5, Pages 055704
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Problem Solving
= Expert-Novice Comparisons
= Metacognition
= Processes
- Research Design & Methodology
= Data
= Validity
- Sample Population
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1088/0143-0807/37/5/055704
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physics attitudes, physics identity
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A. Mason and C. Singh, , Eur. J. Phys. 37 (5), 055704 (2016), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/37/5/055704).
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A. Mason and C. Singh, Surveying college introductory physics students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving, Eur. J. Phys. 37 (5), 055704 (2016), <https://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/37/5/055704>.
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Mason, A., & Singh, C. (2016, July 20). Surveying college introductory physics students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving. Eur. J. Phys., 37(5), 055704. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/37/5/055704
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Mason, Andrew, and Chandralekha Singh. "Surveying college introductory physics students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving." Eur. J. Phys. 37, no. 5, (July 20, 2016): 055704, https://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/37/5/055704 (accessed 27 November 2022).
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Mason, Andrew, and Chandralekha Singh. "Surveying college introductory physics students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving." Eur. J. Phys. 37.5 (2016): 055704. 27 Nov. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/37/5/055704>.
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