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  • Honors Organismal Biology course
  • 120 junior level students
  • 3rd semester of 4 semester curriculum
  • students work in permanent groups, during class
  • group problems are “upper Bloom’s” exam-style problems

 

Why is this Interesting?

  • thinking and problem solving skills are transferable
  • thinking and problem solving skills are higher order Bloom’s

 

Research Questions

1. Does requiring students to write out their thinking processes and problem solving strategies help them improve their problem solving abilities?

2. Does sharing their written thinking processes and problem solving strategies with their peers help them improve their problem solving abilities?

 

Teaching Goals:

  • develop problem solving skills
  • transfer problem solving skills to new problems
  • develop appropriate study skills, strategies, and habits

 

 

 
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Go to rubistar and see if they have any rubrics for problem solving strategies.
Posted 15:42, 17 Jul 2009
Exam-style problems is a great way to get them to pay attention. It still amazes me that you can change student perception of an activity or assignment simply by changing the name.
Posted 15:42, 17 Jul 2009
--Are you going to give students examples of how to write out their thinking processes?
--I would be happy to share with you my post-exam survey that does ask study process questions. You may be able to modify it.
-- Are you going to give some credit for the students writing their strategies?
Posted 15:43, 17 Jul 2009
You might want to consider delivering this teaching unit as a wiki project for your students, which may facilitate having all the problem solving and descriptions of problem solving in one place.
Posted 15:43, 17 Jul 2009
another resource might be to look at problem based learning literature (PBL) to see if you can use some of the strategies they've uncovered that students use. Marcy Osgood.
you have a lot of questions--you may want to keep refining!
Posted 15:44, 17 Jul 2009
This research question(s) seems to be well-thought out and I would likek to learn more about the metacognitive awareness survey too. So clear!
Posted 16:47, 17 Jul 2009
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