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

@article{Heller1992TeachingPS,
  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},
  year={1992},
  volume={60},
  pages={637-644}
}
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… 

The Influence of Cognitive Diversity on Group Problem Solving Strategy.

Collaborative group problem solving allows students to wrestle with different interpretations and solutions brought forth by group members, enhancing both critical thinking and problem solving

Comparing Group and Individual Problem Solving : A Case Study from Newtonian Mechanics

Previous research has demonstrated that many students not only emerge from their studies of physics with serious gaps in their conceptual understanding but that they also experience serious

The problem-solving process in physics as observed when engineering students at university level work in groups

The problem-solving process is investigated for five groups of students when solving context-rich problems in an introductory physics course included in an engineering programme. Through transcripts

Understanding student pathways in context-rich problems

As they gained more experience in solving context-rich physics problems, student groups showed some progression towards expert-like behavior as they completed qualitative analysis earlier and were more selective in their perusal of informational resources.

AN INVESTIGATION OF STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE AFTER PEER INSTRUCTION WITH STEPWISE PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES

abstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the effects of strategic problem solving with peer instruction on college students’ performance in physics. The students enrolled in 2 sections of a

Problem Solving Through Cooperative Learning in the Chemistry Classroom

Cardellini in this chapter analyzes problem solving through cooperative learning in the chemistry classroom at the university level. He presents cooperative learning as an instructional method that

Structured Collaboration versus Individual Learning in Solving Physics Problems

The research issue in this study is how to structure collaborative learning so that it improves solving physics problems more than individual learning. Structured collaborative learning has been

Helping students learn effective problem solving strategies by reflecting with peers

We study how introductory physics students engage in reflection with peers about problem solving. The recitations for an introductory physics course with 200 students were broken into a “peer

Impact of Guided Reflection with Peers on the Development of Effective Problem Solving Strategies and Physics Learning

Students must learn effective problem solving strategies in order to develop expertise in physics. Effective problem solving strategies include a conceptual analysis of the problem followed by

Curricular Reforms that Improve Students' Attitudes and Problem-Solving Performance

We present the most recent steps undertaken to reform the introductory algebra-based course at The George Washington University. The reform sought to help students improve their problem-solving
...