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written by Chandra Turpen and Noah D. Finkelstein
We examine how the University of Colorado at Boulder has created the sustained the use of a research-based curriculum in the introductory calculus-based physics sequence, despite the significant increases in cost and time commitment.  The adoption of the University of Washington Tutorials in Introductory Physics curriculum required significant pedagogical shifts in the students' role, educator's role, and student-educator interactions.  We discuss how the wide-spread adoption of this curriculum was achieved at our institution.  We analyze the commitment of funding and resources over time from external agencies, institutional levels, and the physics department.  We then examine the reasons given by six individual faculty members for adopting the curriculum and find that key reasons for adoption include: the recognition that the old mode of lecturing in recitation was not effective, locally collected data on student learning was compelling, specific aspects of the Tutorials curriculum were convincing and the availability of additional resources for the implementation was persuasive.
Physics Education Research Conference 2008
Part of the PER Conference series
Edmonton, Canada: July 23-24, 2008
Volume 1064, Pages 207-210
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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Education - Basic Research
- Teacher Characteristics
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
= Reform Sustainability
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3021256
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© 2008 American Institute of Physics
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3021256
NSF Number:
0448176
PACSs:
01.40.Di
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
02.60.Pn
01.40.Ha
01.50.F-
Keywords:
PERC 2008, course reform, educational aids, educational change, educational courses, educational technology, faculty development, introductory physics, learning (artificial intelligence), philosophical aspects, physics education research, problem solving, research and development management
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C. Turpen and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8118&DocID=752).
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C. Turpen and N. Finkelstein, Institutionalizing Reform in Introductory Physics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8118&DocID=752>.
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Turpen, C., & Finkelstein, N. (2008, July 23-24). Institutionalizing Reform in Introductory Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8118&DocID=752
Chicago Format
Turpen, Chandra, and Noah Finkelstein. "Institutionalizing Reform in Introductory Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, July 23-24, 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8118&DocID=752 (accessed 20 August 2014).
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Turpen, Chandra, and Noah Finkelstein. "Institutionalizing Reform in Introductory Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2008. Edmonton, Canada: 2008. 207-210 Vol. 1064 of PER Conference. 20 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8118&DocID=752>.
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