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Abstract Title: Developing Tutorials for Advanced Physics Students: Processes and Lessons Learned
Abstract: When education researchers describe newly developed curricular materials, they typically concentrate on the research base behind their design, and the efficacy of the final products, but do not highlight the actual process by which the materials were created.  With the aim of providing potentially useful information for faculty engaged in similar projects, we describe here our development of a set of in-class tutorials for advanced undergraduate electrodynamics students, and discuss factors that influenced their initial design, validation, and implementation.  Among these considerations were: addressing faculty-consensus learning goals, observing and attending to common student difficulties, and devising ways for students to engage in meaningful activities on advanced-level topics within the time frame of a single 50-minute class period.  Based on student and instructor feedback, we found the most popular implementation style to be tutorials broken into 10-15 minute stages, punctuated by class-wide discussions.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Charles Baily
University of St Andrews
School of Physics and Astronomy
The North Haugh
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, Non U.S. KY16 8PP
Phone: +44 (0)1334 463127
Fax: +44 (0)1334 463104
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael Dubson, University of Colorado Boulder
Steven J. Pollock, University of Colorado Boulder