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Abstract Title: Engagement of clicker users in introductory and upper-division physics courses
Abstract: Clickers, while perhaps not ubiquitous, have become very common in introductory physics classes where the audience is composed of students from a variety of majors.  They have also begun to see use in upper-division physics courses where the audience is almost entirely physics majors.  In this presentation we examine the hypothesis that these substantially different populations will result in different levels of participation and engagement.  We have videotaped the audiences of two introductory physics courses and two junior-level physics courses (mechanics and E&M in both cases) during clicker questions and quantified the level of engagement in each.  Preliminary results suggest that upper-division majors-only courses exhibit more peer-to-peer interaction and overall engagement than introductory courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patrick B. Kohl
Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines
1523 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401
and Co-Presenter(s)
H. Vincent Kuo, Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines
Todd. G. Ruskell, Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines