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written by Sam B. McKagan, Katherine K. Perkins, and Carl E. Wieman
We have reformed a large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors by radically changing both the content and the learning techniques implemented in lecture and homework. Traditionally this course has been taught in a manner similar to the equivalent course for physics majors, focusing on mathematical solutions of abstract problems. Based on interviews with physics and engineering professors, we developed a syllabus and learning goals focused on content that was more useful to our actual student population: engineering majors. The content of this course emphasized reasoning development, model building, and connections to real world applications. In addition we implemented a variety of PER-based learning techniques, including peer instruction, collaborative homework sessions, and interactive simulations. We have assessed the effectiveness of reforms in this course using pre/post surveys on both content and beliefs. We have found significant improvements in both content knowledge and beliefs compared with the same course before implementing these reforms and a corresponding course for physics majors.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 34-37
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508685
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PER-based pedagogy, PERC 2006, cognition, course development, learning theory, modern physics, reform assessment, teaching methods
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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July 16, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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S. McKagan, K. Perkins, and C. Wieman, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5247&DocID=1779).
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S. McKagan, K. Perkins, and C. Wieman, Reforming a large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors using a PER-based design, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5247&DocID=1779>.
APA Format
McKagan, S., Perkins, K., & Wieman, C. (2006, July 26-27). Reforming a large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors using a PER-based design. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5247&DocID=1779
Chicago Format
McKagan, S, K. Perkins, and C. Wieman. "Reforming a large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors using a PER-based design." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5247&DocID=1779 (accessed 18 December 2014).
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McKagan, Sam, Katherine Perkins, and Carl Wieman. "Reforming a large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors using a PER-based design." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 34-37 Vol. 883 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 18 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5247&DocID=1779>.
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