Teaching problem solving through cooperative grouping. Part 2: Designing problems and structuring groups

  title={Teaching problem solving through cooperative grouping. Part 2: Designing problems and structuring groups},
  author={Patricia A. Heller and Marcus A. Hollabaugh},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
A supportive environment based on cooperative grouping was developed to foster students’ learning of an effective problem‐solving strategy. Experiments to adapt the technique of cooperative grouping to physics problem solving were carried out in two diverse settings: a large introductory course at state university, and a small modern physics class at a community college. Groups were more likely to use an effective problem‐solving strategy when given context‐rich problems to solve than when… 

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