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This paper describes ongoing research investigating student approaches to quantitative and qualitative problem solving in physics. This empirical study was conducted using a phenomenographic approach to analyze data from individual semistructured problem solving interviews with 22 introductory college physics students. The main result of the study is a hierarchical set of categories that describe the students’ problem solving approaches in the context of introductory physics.
Walsh, L., Howard, R., Bowe, B. (2007) Phenomenographic Study of Students’ Problem Solving Approaches in Physics, 3, 020108, 2007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.3.020108