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Abstract Title: Selling the Studio Style to Students: a Qualitative Study
Abstract: Students in studio classes, a student-centered approach to teaching physics, may exhibit resistance to the reformed strategies used in this format. Instructors of these classes may try to decrease resistance by increasing student agreement with the class format. What should instructors talk about, and how should they hold the conversation to effectively gain student agreement? Based on student interview responses, we report on the student perspective for effective means of gaining agreement. We describe the discussion topics and modes of discussion which students consider as effective practices for gaining their agreement. At the beginning of the semester, we find that instructors may achieve greater agreement if they present factual evidence of studio style's effectiveness or appeal to the students personally (i.e. making students comfortable to share ideas, explaining the relevance to their career goals, etc.). However, mid-semester agreement is more influenced by students' experiences with the class than instructor efforts.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B92
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Matthew Wilcox
University of Central Florida
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jacquelyn J. Chini, University of Central Florida

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