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written by Valerie K. Otero and Kara E. Gray
Instructional techniques based on research in cognitive science and physics education have been used in physics courses to enhance student learning. While dramatic increases in conceptual understanding have been observed, students enrolled in these courses tend to shift away from scientist-like views of the discipline (and views of learning within the discipline) and toward novice-like views. Shifts toward scientist-like views are found when course materials and instruction explicitly address epistemology, the nature of science, and the nature of learning. The Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) curriculum has specific goals for helping non-science majors explicitly reflect on the nature of science and the nature of science learning. We show that in PET courses with small and large enrollments, shifts toward scientist-like thinking ranged from +4% to +16.5% on the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey. These results are compared to results from other studies using a variety of similar assessment instruments.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 160-163
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- Cognition
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10.1063/1.2820922
PACS:
01.40.Fk 01.40.gf 01.40.jc
Keywords:
Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey, PERC 2007, Physics and Everyday Thinking, cognitive science, educational technology, epistemology, instructional techniques, learning by example, nature of learning, nature of science, physics, research initiatives
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V. Otero and K. Gray, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9094&DocID=2011).
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V. Otero and K. Gray, Learning to Think Like Scientists with the PET Curriculum presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9094&DocID=2011>.
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Otero, V., & Gray, K. (2007, August 1-2). Learning to Think Like Scientists with the PET Curriculum. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9094&DocID=2011
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Otero, Valerie, and Kara Gray. "Learning to Think Like Scientists with the PET Curriculum." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9094&DocID=2011 (accessed 24 July 2014).
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Otero, Valerie, and Kara Gray. "Learning to Think Like Scientists with the PET Curriculum." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 160-163 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 24 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9094&DocID=2011>.
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