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What Stops a Person from Successfully Solving a Physics Problem?
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 9:00 AM -9:30 AM
  Author: Wendy Adams, University of Northern Colorado
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Physics educators regularly make use of concept inventories and perceptions surveys (aka: attitudes and beliefs) to evaluate instruction. However, these two types of evaluation only touch on a fraction of what is learned in a course. Students apply a range of processes, expectations and bits of knowledge when solving a physics problem and some of these are impacted by the course. The question is how can we identify what these processes, expectations and bits of knowledge are, how can we teach them and then how can we measure them? While developing the CAPS (Colorado Assessment of Problem Solving), I identified 44 processes, expectations and bits of knowledge used to solve an in depth real world problem. In this presentation I will present these skills, ideas on how to teach them and measure them.
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