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written by Catherine H. Crouch and Kenneth Heller
We describe a research agenda to inform renovating the introductory physics course commonly taught to life science majors. The theoretical framework of the renovation is the cognitive apprenticeship model, in which learning occurs most effectively in an environment of expert practices so that students can articulate why their learning matters. This model is supported by studies of transfer that suggest for students to successfully apply physics to another field, they need practice making such applications. Guided by this theoretical framework, we have begun to restructure our introductory physics courses for these students around biologically rich contexts - examples in which fundamental physics plays a significant role in understanding a biological system - to make explicit the value of physics to the life sciences. This requires restructuring the course content to reflect the topics most relevant to biology. In this paper we describe our approach to this course, identify research directions addressing (1) the role of biological context in learning for these students and (2) issues in implementing such a course for physics faculty, and summarize preliminary results.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 159-162
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Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
= Cognitive Apprenticeship
= Transfer
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- Life Sciences
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01.40.Fk
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Course Design, Introductory Physics, Life Science Majors, PERC 2011
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C. Crouch and K. Heller, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11835&DocID=2685).
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C. Crouch and K. Heller, Teaching physics to life science students - Examining the role of biological context, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11835&DocID=2685>.
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Crouch, C., & Heller, K. (2011, August 3-4). Teaching physics to life science students - Examining the role of biological context. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11835&DocID=2685
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Crouch, Catherine, and Kenneth Heller. "Teaching physics to life science students - Examining the role of biological context." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11835&DocID=2685 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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Crouch, Catherine, and Kenneth Heller. "Teaching physics to life science students - Examining the role of biological context." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 159-162 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11835&DocID=2685>.
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