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American Journal of Physics
written by Wendy K. Adams and Carl E. Wieman
We have empirically identified over 40 distinct sub-skills that affect a person's ability to solve complex problems in many different contexts. The identification of so many sub-skills explains why it has been so difficult to teach or assess problem solving as a single skill. The existence of these sub-skills is supported by several studies comparing a wide range of individuals' strengths and weaknesses in these sub-skills, their "problem solving fingerprint," while solving different types of problems including a classical mechanics problem, quantum mechanics problems, and a complex trip-planning problem with no physics. We see clear differences in the problem solving fingerprint of physics and engineering majors compared to the elementary education majors that we tested. The implications of these findings for guiding the teaching and assessing of problem solving in physics instruction are discussed.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 83, Issue 5
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© 2015 American Association of Physics Teachers
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0.1119/1.4913923
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W. Adams and C. Wieman, Am. J. Phys. 83 (5), (2015), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913923).
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W. Adams and C. Wieman, Analyzing the many skills involved in solving complex physics problems, Am. J. Phys. 83 (5), (2015), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913923>.
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Adams, W., & Wieman, C. (2015, April 21). Analyzing the many skills involved in solving complex physics problems. Am. J. Phys., 83(5). Retrieved May 22, 2019, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913923
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Adams, Wendy, and Carl Wieman. "Analyzing the many skills involved in solving complex physics problems." Am. J. Phys. 83, no. 5, (April 21, 2015), https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913923 (accessed 22 May 2019).
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Adams, Wendy, and Carl Wieman. "Analyzing the many skills involved in solving complex physics problems." Am. J. Phys. 83.5 (2015). 22 May 2019 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4913923>.
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