An assessment of problem solving processes in undergraduate statics

Roman Taraban, Edward E. Anderson, Curtis Craig, Jacob Fleming, Alli DeFinis, Ashlee G. Brown

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Four well-articulated models that offer structured approaches to problem solving were identified in the engineering research literature. These models provided a conceptual base for the study reported here. Four undergraduates enrolled in statics and two engineering faculty members provided think-aloud data as they solved two statics problems. The data were used to develop a coding system for characterizing engineering students' behavioral and cognitive processes. These codes were used to analyze students' problem solving procedures in a detailed manner, particularly differences between goodand not-so-good problem solvers. The analyses provide a picture of how students and faculty solve problems at a cognitive level, and indicate that published problem-solving models are incomplete in describing actual problem-solving processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Pittsburg, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2008Jun 24 2008


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