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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Eric Brewe, Laird H. Kramer, and George O'Brien
Among the most surprising findings in Physics Education Research is the lack of positive results on attitudinal measures, such as Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) and Maryland Physics Expectations Survey (MPEX). The uniformity with which physics teaching manages to negatively shift attitudes toward physics learning is striking. Strategies which have been shown to improve conceptual learning, such as interactive engagement and studio-format classes, provide more authentic science experiences for students; yet do not seem to be sufficient to produce positive attitudinal results. Florida International University's Physics Education Research Group has implemented Modeling Instruction in University Physics classes as part of an overall effort toward building a research and learning community. Modeling Instruction is explicitly designed to engage students in scientific practices that include model building, validation, and revision. Results from a preinstruction/postinstruction CLASS measurement show attitudinal improvements through both semesters of an introductory physics sequence, as well as over the entire two-course sequence. In this Brief Report, we report positive shifts from the CLASS in one section of a modeling-based introductory physics sequence, for both mechanics (N=22) and electricity and magnetism (N=23). Using the CLASS results and follow up interviews, we examine how these results reflect on modeling instruction and the unique student community and population at FIU.
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2009 American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.013102
NSF Number:
0312038
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
Keywords:
CLASS, MPEX, Modeling-Based Instruction
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Metadata instance created February 16, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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June 29, 2010 by Vince Kuo
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E. Brewe, L. Kramer, and G. O'Brien, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (1), 013102 (2009), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.013102).
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E. Brewe, L. Kramer, and G. O'Brien, Modeling instruction: Positive attitudinal shifts in introductory physics measured with CLASS, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (1), 013102 (2009), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.013102>.
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Brewe, E., Kramer, L., & O'Brien, G. (2009, June 19). Modeling instruction: Positive attitudinal shifts in introductory physics measured with CLASS. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 5(1), 013102. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.013102
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Brewe, E, L. Kramer, and G. O'Brien. "Modeling instruction: Positive attitudinal shifts in introductory physics measured with CLASS." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5, no. 1, (June 19, 2009): 013102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.013102 (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Brewe, Eric, Laird Kramer, and George O'Brien. "Modeling instruction: Positive attitudinal shifts in introductory physics measured with CLASS." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5.1 (2009): 013102. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.013102>.
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