Resource letter RPS-1: Research in problem solving

Leonardo Hsu, Eric Brewe, Thomas M. Foster, Kathleen A. Harper

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This Resource Letter provides a guide to the literature on research in problem solving, especially in physics. The references were compiled with two audiences in mind: physicists who are (or might become) engaged in research on problem solving, and physics instructors who are interested in using research results to improve their students' learning of problem solving. In addition to general references, journal articles and books are cited for the following topics: cognitive aspects of problem solving, expert-novice problem-solver characteristics, problem solving in mathematics, alternative problem types, curricular interventions, and the use of computers in problem solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1147-1156
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004


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