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I discuss some observations from using interactive-engagement instructional methods in an upper-level thermal physics course over a two-year period. From the standpoint of the subject matter knowledge of the upper-level students, there was a striking persistence of common learning difficulties previously observed in students enrolled in the introductory course, accompanied, however, by some notable contrasts between the groups. More broadly, I comment on comparisons and contrasts regarding general pedagogical issues among different student sub-populations, for example: differences in the receptivity of lower- and upper-level students to diagrammatic representations; varying receptivity to tutorial-style instructional approach within the upper-level population; and contrasting approaches to learning among physics and engineering sub-populations in the upper-level course with regard to use of symbolic notation, mathematical equations, and readiness to employ verbal explanations.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 31-34
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Thermo & Stat Mech
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266745
NSF Numbers:
9981140
0817282
0604703
0406724
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.30.Cc
05.70.-a
Keywords:
PERC 2009, diagrammatic representations, interactive engagement, pedagogical issues, symbolic notation, thermal physics, tutorial-style instruction
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D. Meltzer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9895&DocID=1527).
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D. Meltzer, Observations of General Learning Patterns in an Upper-Level Thermal Physics Course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9895&DocID=1527>.
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Meltzer, D. (2009, July 29-30). Observations of General Learning Patterns in an Upper-Level Thermal Physics Course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved September 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9895&DocID=1527
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Meltzer, David. "Observations of General Learning Patterns in an Upper-Level Thermal Physics Course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9895&DocID=1527 (accessed 20 September 2014).
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Meltzer, David. "Observations of General Learning Patterns in an Upper-Level Thermal Physics Course." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 31-34 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 20 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9895&DocID=1527>.
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