Authentic assessment of students' problem solving

Qing Xu, Kenneth Heller, Leonardo Hsu, Bijaya Aryal

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Improving curricular materials and practices aimed at complex cognitive processes such as problem solving requires careful planning and useful tools for assessment. To illustrate the challenges of measuring a change in students' problem solving in physics, we present the results of and a reflection on a pilot assessment of the effectiveness of computer problem-solving coaches [1] in a large (200+ student) section of an introductory physics course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 Physics Education Research Conference
EditorsN. Sanjay Rebello, Paula V. Engelhardt, Alice D. Churukian
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780735411340
StatePublished - 2013
Event2012 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC 2012 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2012Aug 2 2012

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2012 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 American Institute of Physics.


  • assessment
  • computer coaches
  • problem solving
  • rubric


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