Resource Letter RPS-1: Research in problem solving

  title={Resource Letter RPS-1: Research in problem solving},
  author={Leonardo Hsu and Eric Brewe and Thomas M. Foster and Kathleen A. Harper},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
This Resource Letter provides a guide to the literature on research in problem solving, especially in physics. The references were compiled with two audiences in mind: physicists who are (or might become) engaged in research on problem solving, and physics instructors who are interested in using research results to improve their students’ learning of problem solving. In addition to general references, journal articles and books are cited for the following topics: cognitive aspects of problem… 

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