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2010 Summer Meeting

2010 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 17-21, 2010
Portland, Oregon

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Research-Based Alternatives to Traditional Problems in Introductory Physics.
  Location: Neuberger Hall 385
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): Kathy Harper,
  Co-Leader(s): David P. Maloney 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 for use in their own classrooms.
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