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Abstract Title: Development of a Practical Problem Solving Assessment Tool
Abstract: Motivated by an interest to better understand student's strengths and weaknesses in problem solving and the desire to compare instruction across institution, we developed the CAPSS – the Colorado Assessment of Problem Solving. While developing the instrument, we empirically identified over 40 distinct sub-skills that affect a person's ability to solve complex problems in many different contexts. The original CAPSS is an open-ended instrument that requires either a two hour interview or, if completed as a paper and pencil assessment, an hour to grade by a trained evaluator. Therefore it is not a practical tool for an instructor to use in their teaching.  Over the past year, we have been developing a forced-answer version of CAPSS with the goal of efficiently scoring as many sub-skills as possible. We will share progress to date as well as future plans for further development.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Understanding and assessing problem-solving in introductory physics
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster III
Room: Cascade A

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Wendy K. Adams
Colorado School of Mines
and Co-Presenter(s)
Adria Brown