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Undergraduate Physics Course Innovations and Their Impact on Student Learning  

written by Heidi L. Iverson, Derek Briggs, Maria Ruiz-Primo, Robert Talbot, and Lorrie A. Shepard

This paper presents results of an NSF project in which the goal is to provide a synthesis of research on instructional innovations that have been implemented in undergraduate courses in physics. The research questions guiding the project are: What constitutes the range of principal course innovations that are being implemented in undergraduate physics courses? What are the effects of these course innovations on student learning? The paper describes: (1) the literature search procedures used to gather over 400 innovation-related journal articles, (2) the procedures followed to analyze the studies within these articles, (3) the characteristics of the studies reported, and (4) the results from synthesizing the quantitative results of those studies that met our criteria for inclusion.

Published November 11, 2009
Last Modified October 7, 2009

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