Colloquium

Using physics-archive education research to set the goals of physics-archive courses and design and study the outcomes of interventions

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:00PM PST
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Colloquium
 
Eugina Etkina
Department of Physics, Rutgers University
 
Using physics-archive education research to set the goals of physics-archive courses and design and study the outcomes of interventions
 
Feb 24, 2017 at 12PM
 

Synopsis

Physics education research (PER) is an interdisciplinary field that studies how people learn physics-archive with the goal of improving this learning process for all students. In order to achieve this goal we need to define operationally what it means to learn physics-archive, devise assessment instruments to evaluate this learning and develop curriculum materials that will lead to desired learning outcomes.

For decades PER was focused on student learning of the final outcomes of physics-archive as a science - concepts and mathematical representations without paying much attention to the process though which physicists develop these concepts and representations.

However, this missing part of learning physics-archive and evaluating physics-archive education is crucial if we wish to grow independent thinkers and prepare them to be successful in the 21st century. In my talk I will describe several non-traditional PER studies that show how to integrate this “missing” part of physics-archive learning into our regular physics-archive instruction and how to assess this different aspect of student learning.