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Abstract Title: Facilitating thinking and learning in the physics classroom
Abstract: Learning physics is challenging. There are only a few fundamental
principles of physics that are condensed in compact mathematical forms.
Learning physics requires unpacking these fundamental principles and
understanding their applicability in a variety of contexts. Cognitive
theory can be employed to design instruction and facilitate thinking and
learning in the physics classroom. In this session, we will showcase
examples of instructional strategies based upon the principles of
learning that have been effective in improving students' learning. These
approches include helping students learn physics via analogical reasoning,
helping students reflect upon problem solving with peers, a new use
of multimedia learning in introductory physics, "nTIPERs" to help students
unpack aspects of Newtonian dynamics and facilitating students' problem
solving across multiple representations in introductory mechanics.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
University of Pittsburgh
3941 Ohara St.
Department of Physics, University of PIttsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-9045
Fax: 4126249163
and Co-Presenter(s)
Session Presider:
Jose Mestre, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Targeted Poster Session Specific Information

Poster 1 Title: Facilitating Students' Problem Solving across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics
Poster 1 Authors: Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, N. Sanjay Rebello,
Department of Physics, Kansas State University
Poster 2 Title: A New Use for Multimedia Learning in Introductory Physics
Poster 2 Authors: Jose Mestre, Gary Gladding & Tim Stelzer
Department of Physics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Poster 3 Title: Helping students learn effective problem solving strategies by reflection with peers
Poster 3 Authors: Andrew Mason and Chandralekha Singh
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
Poster 4 Title: Using analogy to help students learn Introductory Physics
Poster 4 Authors: Shih-Yin Lin and Chandralekha Singh
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
Poster 5 Title: nTIPERs: Tasks to Help Students "Unpack" Aspects of Newtonian Dynamics
Poster 5 Authors: David P. Maloney, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Curtis Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College, and Steve Kanim, New Mexico State University