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Problem-solving derailers: The influence of misconceptions on problem-solving performance

Shaughnessy, J. M.

In this paper we will first explore some of the reasons for people's failure to solve problems, problem-solving "derailers" so to speak, and investigate the role of probabilistic misconceptions as one possible derailer. Second, we will consider the implications of what can "go wrong" when we solve probelms for research on the teaching of problem solving.