Physics Colloquium: "Problem Solving" in Introductory Physics Courses

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Karen Cummings
  • Date:
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: MacN 415

What is it?  How might it be taught?  Can we measure it?  These questions will be considered within a range of contexts from calculus-based courses for scientists and engineers to completely hands-on courses for prospective grade K-8 teachers.  I will introduce a relatively easy to use problem solving assessment instrument we have developed, as well as other methods of probing problem solving skills in our introductory students.  Results of measurements made at a variety of institutions, and in a variety of courses, will be presented, and I share my view of the implications for improving instruction.