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written by Trevor I. Smith
This study examines the effects of implementing various research-based forms of curricula for teaching introductory physics course at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL and the University of Maine in Orono, ME. Introductory courses at each of these institutions were modified at each of these institutions over the course of several years. For each course, baseline data were collected during a year in which at least one form of research-based curricula was used. In subsequent years, other research-based curricula were implemented in addition to the baseline treatment at the University of Maine and in place of the baseline treatment at the College of DuPage. Data collected using the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation and the Force Concept Inventory were analyzed using the Model Analysis method developed by Bao and Redish to determine the manner(s) in which the curricular modifications affected students' conceptual development throughout a course. The results of this analysis show that the majority of curricular changes had little overall effect on students' conceptual understanding of physics. Several exceptions to this generality are discussed.
University: The University of Maine
Academic Department:  Physics & Astronomy
Pages 159
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- General
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Interactive Lecture Demonstration
= Modeling
- Curriculum Development
= Course
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
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0510614
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FCI, FCME, Tutorials
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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Smith, Trevor I.. "Comparing the Effectiveness of Research-based Curricula for Teaching Introductory Mechanics." Thesis, The University of Maine, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10736&DocID=2194 (accessed 18 April 2014).
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Smith, Trevor I.. "Comparing the Effectiveness of Research-based Curricula for Teaching Introductory Mechanics." Thesis. 1 May 2007. The University of Maine, 2007. 18 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10736&DocID=2194>.
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