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written by Nuri Balta and Mervi A. Asikainen
Students' attitudes and approaches to problem solving are claimed to be related to their ways they learn physics and to their success in solving physics problems. In this study, the Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving (AAPS) survey was used to reveal Turkish introductory university students' attitudes and approaches to physics problem solving. The data were collected from 175 students, in the spring semester of 2015-2016 academic year, from an introductory physics course at a university in the Black Sea Region of Turkey. The analysis of the data was conducted by grouping the data by academic major, achievement level, and gender. They are no statistically significant differences between the averages of civil engineering and molecular biology majors or between male and female students. However, we obtained a small sample correlation of 0.22 between students' attitudes and exam grades that suggests high achievers' attitudes and approaches to physics problems are more expert-like than the attitudes and approaches of low achievers. Implications for problem solving strategies and directions for further research are discussed.
Journal of Technology and Science Education: Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 378-387
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10.3926/jotse.666
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physics attitudes, problem-solving approaches, problem-solving strategies
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N. Balta and M. Asikainen, , J. Technol. Sci. Educ. 9 (3), 378 (2019), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.3926/jotse.666).
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N. Balta and M. Asikainen, Introductory students’ attitudes and approaches to Physics problem solving: Major, achievement level and gender differences, J. Technol. Sci. Educ. 9 (3), 378 (2019), <https://doi.org/10.3926/jotse.666>.
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Balta, N., & Asikainen, M. (2019, May 20). Introductory students’ attitudes and approaches to Physics problem solving: Major, achievement level and gender differences. J. Technol. Sci. Educ., 9(3), 378-387. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.3926/jotse.666
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Balta, Nuri, and Mervi Asikainen. "Introductory students’ attitudes and approaches to Physics problem solving: Major, achievement level and gender differences." J. Technol. Sci. Educ. 9, no. 3, (May 20, 2019): 378-387, https://doi.org/10.3926/jotse.666 (accessed 27 November 2022).
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Balta, Nuri, and Mervi Asikainen. "Introductory students’ attitudes and approaches to Physics problem solving: Major, achievement level and gender differences." J. Technol. Sci. Educ. 9.3 (2019): 378-387. 27 Nov. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.3926/jotse.666>.
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