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Abstract Title: Comparing Problem Solving Attitudes of Introductory Students, Physics Graduate Students and Faculty
Abstract: Cummings et al.[1] developed a survey related to attitudes towards problem solving partially based upon the Maryland Physics Expectations Survey (MPEX)[2].  We expand upon this survey to include questions related to students' approaches to problem solving and examine how students in the introductory courses, graduate students and physics faculty compare with each other.  Graduate students answered the survey questions twice: once about problem solving in the graduate courses and second time about solving introductory physics problems.
Results will be discussed. Supported by NSF.

1.  Cummings, K., Lockwood, S., & Marx, J. Attitudes Toward Problem Solving as Predictors of Student Success. In 2003 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, edited by J. Marx, S. Franklin , and K. Cummings, 133-136, (2004).

2.  Redish, E., Saul, J., & Steinberg, R. Student Expectations in Introductory Physics.  Am. J. Phys. 66, 212-224, (1998).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
3941 Ohara St, department of physics, university of pittsburgh
pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-9045
Fax: 4126249163
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Mason, University of Pittsburgh