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Date: Sunday, January 09


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Research-based Alternatives to Traditional Problem-Solving Exercises
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $65.00
Nonmember: $90.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): None
  Leader(s): Kathleen A. Harper,
  Co-Leader(s): David P. Maloney and Thomas M. Foster
  Description Accumulating research on problem solving in physics clearly indicates that traditional, end-of-chapter exercises in physics texts are not useful and may actually hinder students' learning of important physics concepts. The research also raises questions about the efficacy of such tasks for helping students develop "problem solving skills." In light of these results the question is: What alternative tasks can we use to help students develop problem solving skills and a conceptual understanding? This workshop will review the research and then provide examples of several alternative tasks and their use. Participants will also get practice writing alternative problems in a variety of formats for use in their own classrooms.
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