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written by Stephanie V. Chasteen and Steven J. Pollock
We transformed an upper-division electricity and magnetism course for physics and engineering majors using principles of active engagement and learning theory. The teaching practices and new curricular materials were guided by observations and interviews to identify common student difficulties.  We established explicit learning goals for the course, created homework that addressed key aspects of those learning goals, offered interactive help room sessions, created and ran small-group tutorial sessions, and used interactive classroom techniques such as peer discussion and "clickers."  We find that students in the transformed course exhibit improved performance over the traditional course, as assessed by common exam questions and a newly developed conceptual post-test. These results suggest that it is valuable to further investigate how physics is taught at the upper-division, and how PER may be applied in this context.
Physics Education Research Conference 2008
Part of the PER Conference series
Edmonton, Canada: July 23-24, 2008
Volume 1064, Pages 91-94
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Curriculum Development
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Electricity & Magnetism
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3021282
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© 2008 American Institute of Physics
A hard copy of the PERC 2008 proceedings is available for purchase from the AIP.
DOI:
10.1063/1.3021282
NSF Number:
0737118
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Keywords:
PERC 2008, assessment, course reform, educational aids, educational courses, educational technology, electricity and magnetism, learning (artificial intelligence), physics education research, research and development management, scientific information systems, student experiments
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S. Chasteen and S. Pollock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8122&DocID=755).
AJP/PRST-PER
S. Chasteen and S. Pollock, Transforming Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8122&DocID=755>.
APA Format
Chasteen, S., & Pollock, S. (2008, July 23-24). Transforming Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada. Retrieved September 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8122&DocID=755
Chicago Format
Chasteen, Stephanie, and Steven Pollock. "Transforming Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, July 23-24, 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8122&DocID=755 (accessed 20 September 2014).
MLA Format
Chasteen, Stephanie, and Steven Pollock. "Transforming Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism." Physics Education Research Conference 2008. Edmonton, Canada: 2008. 91-94 Vol. 1064 of PER Conference. 20 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8122&DocID=755>.
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