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written by Sarah P. Formica, Jessica L. Easley, and Mark C. Spraker
To determine whether teaching an introductory physics course with a traditional lecture style or with Just-in-Time teaching (a student-centered, interactive-engagement style) will help students to better understand Newtonian concepts, such as Newton's Third Law, 222 students in introductory physics courses taught by traditional lecture styles and Just-in-Time teaching at North Georgia College & State University over the span of five semesters were examined using the Force Concept Inventory as a pretest and a post-test. Overall, the gains favor the Just-in-Time teaching method with a 37.6%±2.0% gain compared to the 17.9%±2.5% seen in traditional lecture classes. When analyzing only those gains pertaining to the Newton's Third Law questions, the results again favor the Just-in-Time teaching method with a gain of 50.8%±4.1% while the traditional lecture classes only saw a gain of 6.6%±5.2%. We also employed a new method of analysis which was a BIT Coding method created to quickly identify students' understanding of Newton's Third Law questions. This study shows that students in courses that are taught using the Just-in-Time teaching strategy better understand Newton's Third Law after instruction than do students in traditional lecture courses.
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Third Law
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.020106
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
Keywords:
FCI, JiTT, Just in Time Teaching, Newton's third law
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S. Formica, J. Easley, and M. Spraker, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6 (2), 020106 (2010), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10556&DocID=2855).
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S. Formica, J. Easley, and M. Spraker, Transforming common-sense beliefs into Newtonian thinking through Just-In-Time Teaching, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6 (2), 020106 (2010), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10556&DocID=2855>.
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Formica, S., Easley, J., & Spraker, M. (2010, August 18). Transforming common-sense beliefs into Newtonian thinking through Just-In-Time Teaching. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 6(2), 020106. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10556&DocID=2855
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Formica, S, J. Easley, and M. Spraker. "Transforming common-sense beliefs into Newtonian thinking through Just-In-Time Teaching." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6, no. 2, (August 18, 2010): 020106, http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10556&DocID=2855 (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Formica, Sarah P., Jessica L. Easley, and Mark C. Spraker. "Transforming common-sense beliefs into Newtonian thinking through Just-In-Time Teaching." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6.2 (2010): 020106. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10556&DocID=2855>.
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