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Abstract Title: Adapting Tutorials in Introductory Physics for new populations and environments
Abstract: The systematic development of effective teaching materials requires repeated use in classes with known constraints. While it can be tempting to implement materials with students and in environments different from those in which they were developed, the learning outcomes may be quite different. Tutorials in Introductory Physics were primarily designed for use in small groups sections associated with calculus-based physics courses, but currently, at the University of Washington they are being used in algebra-based courses in lectures of between 100 and 600 students. Through the use of online pre-tests and written exam questions, we are examining the extent to which the tutorials are effective in this new setting and trying to identify differences between the two populations that can guide the development of materials that better suit the needs of this new population. Examples from this research are given to illustrate some of the findings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A7

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dean Bretland
University of Washington
12307 10th Pl NE Unit D
Seattle, WA 98125
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sheh Lit Chang
Peter Shaffer