dB-SERC lunch discussion 04-10-2017
Topic:There’s more than one way to solve for T: A discussion of the goals of scientific problem-solving instruction
Discussion Leader: Dr. Eric Kuo, LRDC
When: Monday April 10, 2017 from 12 - 1 pm
Where: 321 Allen Hall
Abstract: In scientific problem solving, there are often many approaches for reaching the same final answer. What do these different problem-solving approaches reveal about students’ problem-solving ability? To prompt a discussion with the audience, I’ll present examples of how the same problem can be solved using either calculations or concepts. Audience members will be asked to share their professional opinions on the value of these different approaches and whether they are desirable targets of undergraduate instruction. I’ll end by describing a novel curriculum for introductory undergraduate students that is successful at promoting conceptual problem solving.

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