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Abstract Title: Characterizing Studio Physics Instruction Across Instructors and Institutions
Abstract: An increasing number of institutions are adopting a collaborative student-centered studio approach for their introductory physics classes, although there is considerable variation in their deployments and a wide range of success in these different cases.  Through an NSF-funded project, we are investigating the various factors that contribute to positive outcomes in a studio physics classroom.  Using a modified version of the TDOP observational protocol, we observed and coded 13 instructors teaching studio physics classes at two universities. We coded different types of instructor dialogue, class discussion, students' group and individual work, and technology used in the classroom. We identified both similarities and differences among the various classes, and here report the percentage of intervals in which certain codes were observed, highlighting the most prevalent codes as well as noting common code combinations. This work will be used to characterize different studio physics classes to determine effective practices.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Matthew Wilcox
University of Central Florida
4111 Libra Drive
Physical Sciences Bldg. 430
Orlando, FL 32816
and Co-Presenter(s)
Joshua Von Korff, Georgia State University
Gerald Feldman, George Washington University
Noel Klingler, George Washington University
Ozden Sengul, Georgia State University
Jacquelyn J. Chini, University of Central Florida

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