Problem solving is probably the single most important expert attribute that we expect all physical science graduates to master as part of their undergraduate training: solving problems lies at the heart of what it means to "do" science and employers rightly value it highly in prospective employees. Why then do some students enter university study believing that solving a problem in the sciences is a matter of recalling the right formula and plugging in the numbers? Do some of our early years teaching at university ameliorate or exacerbate this problem? And do all those students who graduate and undertake further study towards research degrees become the 'expert' problems solvers we want them to be?
This workshop will investigate these and other challenges in teaching problem solving at the undergraduate level in the Physical Sciences. A range of speakers, including representation from the secondary sector, will present their views and case studies of practices going on around the UK. The workshop is organised jointly by the IoP Higher Educaton Group and the HEA Physical Sciences centre, and there is no charge for attending.