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Problem Solving and Epistemology in Nonquantitative Introductory Science Classes
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:20 PM -1:30 PM
  Author: Bradley McCoy, Azusa Pacific University
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: General-studies science classes at many universities, such as physical science, earth science, or astronomy, stress memorization and repetition of concepts. This approach leaves students with little appreciation for how science is used to explain phenomena from general principles. We present a novel instructional technique for an earth science class in which the students are instructed in the use of a general problem-solving strategy, adapted from well-known quantitative problem-solving strategies, in order to train the students in how to apply physical principles. Preliminary data using the Epistemological Beliefs Assessment for Physical Science has shown that explicit training in problem solving significantly improves students' epistemology.
  Footnotes: None
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