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Students' Retention and Transfer of Problem Solving through Modeling Activities
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Bijaya Aryal, University of Minnesota-Rochester
5072588216, baryal@umn.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The development of students' problem solving skills has been considered one of the major challenges in physics instruction. This study examined the effect of modeling activities on retention and transfer of problem solving skills. An instructional method was designed to help students make connections among ideas learned from various areas to solve physics problems. The method used plan-search-execute (PSE) as three stages of problem solving strategy. The students were expected to represent complex physics problems with simple physical models. The problem solving activity was integrated with abstractly related hands-on activities. Finally, to assess whether or not the students retained and transferred the desired skills, they were asked to solve new sets of related contextual physics problems individually. The results showed a positive influence of modeling activities on student retention of problem solving. The transfer was noticeable only when the modeling activities and related hands-on activities were appropriately sequenced.
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