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The Impact of Physics Education Research on the Teaching of Introductory Quantitative Physics Documents

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The Impact of Physics Education Research on the Teaching of Introductory Quantitative Physics 

written by Charles R. Henderson and Melissa H. Dancy

During the Fall of 2008 a web survey, designed to collect information about pedagogical knowledge and practices, was completed by a representative sample of 722 physics faculty across the United States (a 50.3% response rate). This paper presents results of one part of the survey where faculty were asked to rate their level of knowledge and use of 24 Research-Based Instructional Strategies (RBIS) that are applicable to an introductory quantitative physics course. Almost all faculty (87.1%) indicated familiarity with one or more RBIS and approximately half of faculty (48.1%) say that they currently use at least one RBIS. Results also indicate that faculty rarely use RBIS as recommended by the developer, but instead commonly make significant modifications.

Published November 11, 2009
Last Modified October 7, 2009

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