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Learning About Educational Change Strategies: A Study of the Successful Propagation of Peer Instruction
written by Raina Khatri, Charles R. Henderson, Renee Cole, and Jeffrey Froyd
Millions of dollars and uncounted hours have gone into the development of research-based instructional strategies for the improvement of undergraduate physics. However, many of these instructional strategies have extremely limited impact beyond the developer(s). Peer Instruction is the best-propagated research-based instructional strategy in undergraduate physics. We use case study methodology to construct the story behind how Peer Instruction became widely known and widely used. This case study uses interviews with the original developers and document evidence such as publications and presentations to build a rich description of the early events and propagation strategies used (knowingly or not) that have led to the spread of Peer Instruction. Peer Instruction's primary dissemination vehicle was story, through talks and the user's guide (which closely aligns with the talks). Further, many of the talks (perhaps as many as 600 in total) were given as departmental colloquia, thus leading to buy-in from departments as a whole unit. Finally, the Peer Instruction User's Manual gave potential adopters the tools they needed to implement it quickly and easily, and the team continually supports potential adopters on an individual, involved basis. These findings have implications for physics education researchers who want to increase the impact of their work.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 131-134
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Peer Instruction
- Instructional Material Design
- Professional Development
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
= Reform Dissemination
- Professional Development
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.029
NSF Number:
1122446
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
Dissemination, Educational Change, Higher Education, PERC 2014
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Metadata instance created April 24, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 31, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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R. Khatri, C. Henderson, R. Cole, and J. Froyd, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13466&DocID=4065).
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R. Khatri, C. Henderson, R. Cole, and J. Froyd, Learning About Educational Change Strategies: A Study of the Successful Propagation of Peer Instruction, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13466&DocID=4065>.
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Khatri, R., Henderson, C., Cole, R., & Froyd, J. (2014, July 30-31). Learning About Educational Change Strategies: A Study of the Successful Propagation of Peer Instruction. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved September 23, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13466&DocID=4065
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Khatri, R, C. Henderson, R. Cole, and J. Froyd. "Learning About Educational Change Strategies: A Study of the Successful Propagation of Peer Instruction." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13466&DocID=4065 (accessed 23 September 2017).
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Khatri, Raina, Charles Henderson, Renee Cole, and Jeffrey Froyd. "Learning About Educational Change Strategies: A Study of the Successful Propagation of Peer Instruction." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 131-134 of PER Conference. 23 Sep. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13466&DocID=4065>.
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