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Brewe, Eric; Kramer, Laird; Sawtelle, Vashti – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012
Developing a sense of community among students is one of the three pillars of an overall reform effort to increase participation in physics, and the sciences more broadly, at Florida International University. The emergence of a research and learning community, embedded within a course reform effort, has contributed to increased recruitment and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Social Integration, Network Analysis, Physics
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Brewe, Eric; Dou, Remy; Shand, Robert – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Although active learning is supported by strong evidence of efficacy in undergraduate science instruction, institutions of higher education have yet to embrace comprehensive change. Costs of transforming instruction are regularly cited as a key factor in not adopting active-learning instructional practices. Some cite that alternative methods to…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Introductory Courses, Physics, Educational Finance
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Brewe, Eric; Sawtelle, Vashti; Kramer, Laird H.; O'Brien, George E.; Rodriguez, Idaykis; Pamela, Priscilla – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2010
We report the results of a five year evaluation of the reform of introductory calculus-based physics by implementation of Modeling Instruction (MI) at Florida International University (FIU), a Hispanic-serving institution. MI is described in the context of FIU's overall effort to enhance student participation in physics and science broadly. Our…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Educational Change
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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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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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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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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)
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Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Brewe, Eric; Kramer, Laird H.; Wells, Leanne; Jones, David – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2011
Florida International University has undergone a reform in the introductory physics classes by focusing on the laboratory component of these classes. We present results from the secondary implementation of two research-based instructional strategies: the implementation of the Learning Assistant model as developed by the University of Colorado at…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Physics, Educational Change, Tutorial Programs