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## Problem-Solving Ability in Groups

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**Promoting Concept-Driven Teaching Strategies in Biochemistry**and Molecular Biology through Concept AssessmentsTIME TO FORM GROUPS Regional ASBMB RCN Meeting Visualization and AssessmentPurdue University3 November 2012**Problem-Solving Ability in Groups**Impossible Can’t Solve PBL Might Solve Problem Difficulty Solution obvious Trivial A B C D Group Potential Group Members Problem solving is what you do when you don’t know what to do, otherwise it is not a problem. Wheatley (1984)**Forming GroupsHomogeneous vs. Heterogeneous**Student “Homogeneous” Groups Selected Instructor Selected Your Class “Heterogeneous” Groups**What Aspects of Heterogeneity are Important for this**Workshop? Discipline? Skills? Age? Personality Type? Gender? Ethnicity? Learning Style? Class size taught? Institution Type?**If you know you want to form heterogeneous groups, but**don’t know critical information about your audience, what can you do? Let the them help you.**Forming Heterogeneous Groups Without Prior Information**• If you are Female, add 400 - • If you are Male, add 200 200 • If you are younger than 30 years old, add 200 - • If you are between 30 and 50 years old, add 150 - • If you are older than 50, add 100100 • If you are employed by a PUI – add 100 - • If you are employed by a University – add 50 50 • Sum the last 2 digits of your Phone Number 8 • _______________________________________________________ • GRAND TOTAL (Your Number) 358 When you have calculated “Your Number”, line up in numerical order.