The Role of Physics Education Research in Reforming Undergraduate Education

10/4/98


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The Role of Physics Education Research in Reforming Undergraduate Education

Reforming Physics Education

Millikan on teaching physics

Millikan on the nature of the electron

Where are we now?

Building a community consensus

Doing physics education as science

Guidelines from Cog. Sci. / Education

Building a Reform Curriculum with PER

What do we find?

Example: Wavepulse math

Interview response of an A student

Example: Electric and magnetic forces

Magnetic poles problem: (UW PEG)

Results

Example: The concept of velocity

Instantaneous velocity problem

A solution exists

An experiment

Less instruction on the topic produced better results

The results were strikingly robust

Implications

PPT Slide

Workshop Physics (N = 20 - 30)

Circuit Question #3

Circuit Exam Error Rates

Circuit Exam Error Rates

Circuit Exam Error Rates

Circuit Exam Error Rates

Example: Evaluating the Newtonian viewpoint

The Force Concept Inventory*

PPT Slide

Analyzing the results

Do research-based instructional models produce better conceptual gains?

The UW Tutorial Model

Research design

Tutorials produced significantly higher gains than recitations

Extension to many schools

PPT Slide

Implications

Where is university level PER done?

Why in Physics Departments?

Separately, we cannot build a community consensus

Building a community consensus of physics education

Author: Edward F. Redish

Email: redish@physics.umd.edu

Home Page: http://www2.physics.umd.edu/~redish/

Other information:
Presentation given at the Physics Revitalization Conference, Arlington VA, October 3, 1998.