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written by Steven J. Pollock, Stephanie V. Chasteen, Michael Dubson, and Katherine K. Perkins
Many upper-division courses at the University of Colorado now regularly use peer instruction in the form of clicker questions during lectures. Particular attention has been paid to developing and implementing clicker questions in junior-level E&M and Quantum mechanics. These transformed classes largely follow traditional local norms of syllabus and content coverage, but are designed to address broader learning goals (e.g developing math-physics connections) that our faculty expect from physics majors in these courses. Concept-tests are designed to align with these goals, and have altered the dynamic of our classes. Coupled with other course transformations, we find measurable improvement in student performance on targeted conceptual post-tests. Here, we discuss classroom logistics of upper-division clickers, purposes of clicker questions, aspects of student engagement facilitated by concept-tests, and observations of and challenges to sustainability of this activity.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 261-264
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Electricity & Magnetism
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Quantum Physics
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PERC 2010, clicker questions, course reform, electricity and magnetism, peer instruction, physics education research, quantum mechanics, teaching methods and strategies
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S. Pollock, S. Chasteen, M. Dubson, and K. Perkins, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10470&DocID=1928).
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S. Pollock, S. Chasteen, M. Dubson, and K. Perkins, The use of concept tests and peer instruction in upper-division physics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10470&DocID=1928>.
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Pollock, S., Chasteen, S., Dubson, M., & Perkins, K. (2010, July 21-22). The use of concept tests and peer instruction in upper-division physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10470&DocID=1928
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Pollock, S, S. Chasteen, M. Dubson, and K. Perkins. "The use of concept tests and peer instruction in upper-division physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10470&DocID=1928 (accessed 24 April 2014).
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Pollock, Steven, Stephanie Chasteen, Michael Dubson, and Katherine Perkins. "The use of concept tests and peer instruction in upper-division physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 261-264 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10470&DocID=1928>.
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