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Dou, Remy; Brewe, Eric; Zwolak, Justyna P.; Potvin, Geoff; Williams, Eric A.; Kramer, Laird H. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
The Modeling Instruction (MI) approach to introductory physics manifests significant increases in student conceptual understanding and attitudes toward physics. In light of these findings, we investigated changes in student self-efficacy while considering the construct's contribution to the career-decision making process. Students in the Fall 2014…
Descriptors: Physics, Self Efficacy, College Students, Introductory Courses
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Sawtelle, Vashti; Brewe, Eric; Kramer, Laird H. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2012
The quantitative results of Sources of Self-Efficacy in Science Courses-Physics (SOSESC-P) are presented as a logistic regression predicting the passing of students in introductory Physics with Calculus I, overall as well as disaggregated by gender. Self-efficacy as a theory to explain human behavior change [Bandura [1977] "Psychological…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Physics, Calculus
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Sawtelle, Vashti; Brewe, Eric; Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Kramer, Laird H. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012
We present a method of analyzing the development of self-efficacy in real time using a framework of self-efficacy opportunities (SEOs). Considerable research has shown a connection between self-efficacy, or the confidence in one's own ability to perform a task, and success in science fields. Traditional methods of investigating the development of…
Descriptors: Physics, Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, Video Technology
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Traxler, Adrienne; Brewe, Eric – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
We report on seven years of attitudinal data using the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey from University Modeling Instruction (UMI) sections of introductory physics at Florida International University. University Modeling Instruction is a curricular and pedagogical transformation of introductory university physics that engages…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Attitudes, Introductory Courses, College Students
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Manthey, Seth; Brewe, Eric – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
University Modeling Instruction (UMI) is an approach to curriculum and pedagogy that focuses instruction on engaging students in building, validating, and deploying scientific models. Modeling Instruction has been successfully implemented in both high school and university physics courses. Studies within the physics education research (PER)…
Descriptors: Physics, Self Efficacy, Curriculum Design, Biology
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Brewe, Eric; Traxler, Adrienne; de la Garza, Jorge; Kramer, Laird H. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2013
We report on a multiyear study of student attitudes measured with the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey in calculus-based introductory physics taught with the Modeling Instruction curriculum. We find that five of six instructors and eight of nine sections using Modeling Instruction showed significantly improved attitudes from pre-…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Physics, Modeling (Psychology)