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Abstract Title: Authenticity as a Lens for UMD's NEXUS/Physics IPLS Course
Abstract: Life Science students in required Introductory Physics courses pose an intriguing challenge to the PER community.  This talk explores UMD's response to the pedagogical issues of and content revisions needed in IPLS courses, as life science students often are resistant to and question the biological relevance and authenticity of the subject matter.  To address this student response, we advocate for the creation of course revisions built on a theoretical framework that encompasses biological authenticity; authentic scientific practice; student-centered, active learning; and attention to affect--all coupled to iterative revision with experience.  We do this through a discussion of how prior and current PER work can be used to form a theoretical framework for content revision and course development, providing both existing illustrative examples from the UMD NEXUS/Physics project (www.nexusphysics.umd.edu) and newly-developed examples from the Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Using Mathematics in Science project as context.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Conceptual Issues and Content Revisions in the Introductory Physics Course for Life Science Students

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kim Moore
Department of Physics, University of Maryland
and Co-Presenter(s)
Deborah Hemingway, Biophysics Program, University of Maryland