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Abstract Title: Supporting Effective Problem-Solving Process With an Interactive Examples Website
Abstract: From its early days, PER has taught us about the process of solving physics problems.  We learned  novice students classify problems according to surface characteristics whereas experts begin with relevant fundamental interactions.  We learned novices focus on mathematical solutions, ignoring the key steps of identifying interactions and systems.  We have successful classroom approaches, texts, and electronic tutorials that emphasize problem solving process. Yet when it comes to practicing physics on homework it is no surprise that answers-oriented students comfortable in an electronic world turn to answers-based websites like yahooanswers.com for help.  

This discussion highlights an interactive electronic homework support site based on the above PER.  Students in focus groups found the site useful and accessible for the way they study.  More importantly, early testing shows that students who used the site include attention to interactions and systems and evaluation of solutions more consistently than their peers who did not.
Abstract Type: Roundtable Discussion

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Heidi Fencl
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay, WI 54311
Phone: 920-465-2261
Fax: 920-465-2376
and Co-Presenter(s)
Amanda Nothem, University of Wisconsin Green Bay