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Abstract Title: Promoting Productive Communities of Practice: An Instructor's Perspective
Abstract: At Oregon State University, we are undergoing curriculum reform in large-enrollment introductory calculus-based physics.  We are integrating course goals and materials borrowed from ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment) at Rutgers and California State University, Chico.  ISLE has been found to help students develop scientific abilities through processes practiced as authentic scientists.  Using Peer Instruction to engage students in these practices, our curricular reforms are in part aimed at having students be able to justify their own knowledge, and develop ownership of that knowledge, moving into roles of authority with respect to their physics learning.  The instructor works to develop a productive community of practice (Wenger, 1998) enabling students to participate in social interactions and make meaning of their experiences to build a shared repertoire of knowledge.   This poster reports on strategies the instructor uses, challenges faced, and present evidence of both successes and failures in terms of achieving this aim.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dedra Demaree
Oregon State University
301 Weniger Hall
OSU Physics Dept
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-1713
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sissi Li