The Appraisal of Problem Solving Processes involving Metacognition in Physics
M.Sc., M.Ed., JRF & NET
Assistant Professor in Physical Science, Arafa Institute for Teacher Education
(Abstract of my research paper published )
Problem solving is an important aspect of students and teachers. It is one of the prime tools for college and university science instruction. The problem solving techniques and metacognition skills is discussed in this paper. Various strategies and steps involved in problem solving are being mentioned.
The interest of the students in the subject of Physics and in the field of Science can be enhanced by improving their skills of solving problems. Many researchers have suggested ways to evaluate the general understanding and belief system of the students towards Physics. However, the evaluation is not done much due to the absence of evaluation instruments. One way to evaluate is to find the perceptions of the teachers and the students with regards to the difficulties in solving problems in Physics. Studies reveal that the lack of understanding of the problem and poor mathematical skills are the major hindrances of a students’ ability to solve problems.
Teachers assume a great responsibility in imparting the highest quality of education and honing the skills of a student. Teachers are expected to develop the personal attributes and interpersonal skills of a student, as it would help the student to understand and solve the problem. Employing qualified Physics teachers and giving enough assignments to the students are some of the ways by which students can be prepared to enhance their skills for solving problems.
A crucial part of problem solving is metacognition. The problem solving techniques taught to students are not sufficient unless they learn and develop the metacognitive skills as well. Students learn to build facts in an organised manner and develop desirable mental attitudes by implementing the metacognitive skills.
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