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Abstract Title: Benefit In Electricity And Magnetism From Prior Instruction Using The Modeling Applied to Problem Solving Pedagogy in Mechanics
Abstract: We examine the performance of a group of students in Introductory Electricity and Magnetism following a ReView course in Introductory Mechanics focusing on problem solving employing the MAPS pedagogy [1]. The group consists of students who received a D in the fall mechanics course (8.01) and were given the chance to attend the ReView course and take a final retest.  Improvement to a passing grade was qualification for the Electricity and Magnetism course in the spring. The ReView course was conducted twice - during January 2009 and January 2010. As a control, we applied a similar procedure to a group of students with similar z-scores in 8.01 in Fall 2007 that were not offered the ReView course. We show that the ReView students perform ~ 0.5 standard deviations better than what is expected based on their performance on the fall exams (p < 0.05).

[1] "Modeling Applied to Problem Solving"  Andrew Pawl, Analia Barrantes, and David E. Pritchard. AIP Conference Proceedings vol.1179 , pp. 51-54, 2009 PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Saif Rayyan
Physics Department and Research Lab of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Room 26-227
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-5535
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Pawl,
Physics Department and Research Lab of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Analia Barrantes,
Physics Department and Research Lab of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Raluca Teodorescu,
Physics Department and Research Lab of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
David E. Pritchard
Physics Department and Research Lab of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.