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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2008|
|Event||2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Pittsburg, PA, United States|
Duration: Jun 22 2008 → Jun 24 2008