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written by Matthew A. Kohlmyer, Marcos D. Caballero, Richard Catrambone, Ruth Chabay, Lin Ding, Mark P. Haugan, M. Jackson Marr, Bruce Sherwood, and Michael F. Schatz
The performance of over 2000 students in introductory calculus-based electromagnetism (E&M) courses at four large research universities was measured using the Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA). Two different curricula were used at these universities: a traditional E&M curriculum and the Matter & Interactions (M&I) curriculum. At each university, post-instruction BEMA test averages were significantly higher for the M&I curriculum than for the traditional curriculum. The differences in post-test averages cannot be explained by differences in variables such as pre-instruction BEMA scores, grade point average, or SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) scores. BEMA performance on categories of items organized by subtopic was also compared at one of the universities; M&I averages were significantly higher in each topic. The results suggest that the M&I curriculum is more effective than the traditional curriculum at teaching E&M concepts to students, possibly because the learning progression in M&I reorganizes and augments the traditional sequence of topics, for example, by increasing early emphasis on the vector field concept and by emphasizing the effects of fields on matter at the microscopic level.
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020105
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
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BEMA, Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment, M&I, Matter and Interactions
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M. Kohlmyer, M. Caballero, R. Catrambone, R. Chabay, L. Ding, M. Haugan, M. Marr, B. Sherwood, and M. Schatz, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (2), 020105 (2009), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020105).
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M. Kohlmyer, M. Caballero, R. Catrambone, R. Chabay, L. Ding, M. Haugan, M. Marr, B. Sherwood, and M. Schatz, Tale of two curricula: The performance of 2000 students in introductory electromagnetism Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (2), 020105 (2009), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020105>.
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Kohlmyer, M., Caballero, M., Catrambone, R., Chabay, R., Ding, L., Haugan, M., Marr, M., Sherwood, B., & Schatz, M. (2009, October 5). Tale of two curricula: The performance of 2000 students in introductory electromagnetism. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 5(2), 020105. Retrieved April 19, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020105
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Kohlmyer, M, M. Caballero, R. Catrambone, R. Chabay, L. Ding, M. Haugan, M. Marr, B. Sherwood, and M. Schatz. "Tale of two curricula: The performance of 2000 students in introductory electromagnetism." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5, no. 2, (October 5, 2009): 020105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020105 (accessed 19 April 2014).
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Kohlmyer, Matthew, Marcos Caballero, Richard Catrambone, Ruth Chabay, Lin Ding, Mark Haugan, M. Jackson Marr, Bruce Sherwood, and Michael Schatz. "Tale of two curricula: The performance of 2000 students in introductory electromagnetism." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5.2 (2009): 020105. 19 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020105>.
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