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Abstract Title: Identification of Specific Cognitive Processes Used for In-Depth Problem Solving
Abstract: The education and cognitive science literature contains a wide range of ideas about problem solving in math and science and the teaching of scientific problem solving.  Neuroscience studies provide a rich source of information about how the brain works at the cellular level and the location of brain activity while using specific processes. We use the results of research in these fields to frame the 44 specific component processes that were identified while interviewing a wide range of people solving a wide range of in-depth problems during the development of the CAPS (Colorado Assessment of Problem Solving).  Understanding the component processes used in problem solving provides insight for improved teaching.  We will present ways that solvers can compensate for certain weaknesses, show stoppers (processes that are required to solve a problem) and provide a sampling of cognitive processes that are needed in the real world but are not taught in the classroom.
1. Supported in part by funding from National Science Foundation
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Wendy Adams
University of Colorado, Boulder
1914 18th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: 970 539-6154
Fax: 970 352-3506
and Co-Presenter(s)
Carl Wieman
University of Brittish Columbia