Problem Solving - Is It All The Same?


The ability to solve unfamiliar and novel problem is an important attribute for life and employment. There has been much research that has explored the factors that affect student’s success as problem solvers. In this presentation, Prof Overton will review her research into the differences between algorithmic, conceptual and open-ended problems in a chemistry context and how cognitive factors may influence success. The journey from novice to expert problem solver will also be explored and the implications for chemistry education discussed.

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Prof. Tina Overton, Professor of Chemistry Education, School of Chemistry, Monash University Australia