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RPS-1 : Research in problem solving

  title={RPS-1 : Research in problem solving},
  author={Roger H. Stuewer},
This is one of a series of Resource Letters on different topics intended to guide college physicists, astronomers, and other scientists to some of the literature and other teaching aids that may help improve course content in specified fields. @The letter E after an item indicates elementary level or material of general interest to persons becoming informed in the field. The letter I, for intermediate level, indicates material of somewhat more specialized nature; and the letter A indicates… 



Symbols and the Bifurcation Between Procedural and Conceptual Thinking

Symbols occupy a pivotal position between processes to be carried out and concepts to be thought about. They allow us both to do mathematical problems and to think about mathematical relationships.

Linking factual and procedural knowledge in solving science problems: A case study in a thermodynamics course

This article describes how the necessary heuristics and strategic knowledge were built into the remake of a conventional thermodynamics course, using the Gal'perin theory of stage-by-stage formation of mental actions and Landa's description of the “through” systematization of knowledge.

Prescribing Effective Human Problem-Solving Processes: Problem Description in Physics. Working Paper ES-19.

The results show that the proposed model is sufficient to generate excellent problem descriptions, that these markedly improve subsequent problem solutions, and that major components of the model are necessary for good performance.

Teaching scientific thinking skills: Students and computers coaching each other

Our attempts to improve physics instruction have led us to analyze thought processes needed to apply scientific principles to problems—and to recognize that reliable performance requires the basic

Constraining Novices to Perform Expertlike Problem Analyses: Effects on Schema Acquisition

The results of Experiment 3 indicate that qualitative and hierarchically structured problem analyses can improve novices' ability to solve problems, and the pedagogical implications of these findings are discussed.

FERMI: A Flexible Expert Reasoner with Multi-Domain Inferencing

The principled decomposition of knowledge according to type and level of specificity yields both power and cross-doman generality, as demonstrated in FERMI's ability to apply the same principles of invariance and decomposition to solve problems in fluid statics, DC-circuits, and centroid location.

Learning to Relate Qualitative and Quantitative Problem Representations in a Model-Based Setting for Collaborative Problem Solving

In an experimental study, we investigated how 10th graders acquire, extend, and successively relate knowledge about qualitative and quantitative aspects of classical mechanics. The study was made up

Learning by Understanding: The Role of Multiple Representations in Learning Algebra

In posttest results, treatment students were more successful in representing and solving a function word problem and were better at problem representation tasks such as translating word problems into tables and graphs than were comparison students.

Are Cognitive Skills Context-Bound?

Effective problem solving, sound decision making, insightful invention—do such aspects of good thinking depend more on deep expertise in a specialty than on reflective awareness and general

Understanding Basic Mechanics

DESCRIPTION OF PARTICLE MOTIONS. Length, Time, and Units. Displacements and Vectors. Velocity and Acceleration. Motion Along a Straight Line. Problem Solving. Curved Motion with Constant