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Abstract Title: Helping graduate students become physicists: Core courses and beyond
Abstract: Much of physics education research (PER) has focused on undergraduate students' learning; in contrast, much fewer studies have investigated graduate students' learning as well as productive approaches to helping them learn to think like a physicist and be successful in their graduate courses and research. In this talk I will discuss multiple research studies that have looked at graduate students' conceptual understanding of physics and their understanding and ability to troubleshoot commonly used lab equipment (lock-in amplifier). We have learned a great deal from the multitude of research studies in introductory and advanced physics about how people learn in general and learn physics in particular, and many of the same approaches (e.g., using research-based self-paced learning tools) can be productive for graduate students as well. I will discuss several concrete examples of effective instructional tools and provide food for thought for potential subsequent research avenues in graduate education.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Researching Graduate Education in Physics: From Aspiration to Dissertation
Parallel Session: Parallel Sessions Cluster II

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexandru Maries
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandralekha Singh