TA-designed vs. research-oriented problem solutions

Shih-Yin Lin, Chandralekha Singh, William Mamudi, Charles R Henderson, Edit Yerushalmi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In order to study graduate teaching assistants (TAs) beliefs and values about the design of instructor problem solutions, twenty-four TAs were provided with different solutions and asked to discuss their preferences for prominent solution features. TAs preferences for solution features were examined in light of the modeling of expert-like problem solving process as recommended in the literature. Results suggest that while many of the features TAs valued align with expert-like problem solving approaches, they noticed primarily "surface features" of solutions. Moreover, self-reported preferences did not match well with the solutions TAs wrote on their own.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Event2011 Physics Education Research Conference - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: 3 Aug 20114 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X


Conference2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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