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Geller, Benjamin D.; Turpen, Chandra; Crouch, Catherine H. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
We explore the sources of student engagement with curricular content in an Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) course at Swarthmore College. Do IPLS students find some life-science contexts more interesting than others, and, if so, what are the sources of these differences? We draw on three sources of student data to answer this question:…
Descriptors: College Students, College Science, Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses
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Olmstead, Alice; Turpen, Chandra – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Although physics education researchers often use workshops to promote instructional change in higher education, little research has been done to investigate workshop design. Initial evidence suggests that many workshop sessions focus primarily on raising faculty's awareness of research-based instructional strategies, a fairly straightforward goal…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Workshops, College Faculty, Qualitative Research
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Turpen, Chandra; Dancy, Melissa; Henderson, Charles – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
In order to promote sustained and impactful educational transformation, it is essential for change agents to understand more about faculty perceptions associated with either adopting or not adopting a research-based instructional strategy (RBIS). In this paper, we use interviews with 35 physics faculty to examine barriers and affordances to the…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Sawtelle, Vashti; Turpen, Chandra – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
This work examines how experiences in one disciplinary domain (biology) can impact the relationship a student builds with another domain (physics). We present a model for disciplinary relationships using the constructs of identity, affect, and epistemology. With these constructs we examine an ethnographic case study of a student who experienced a…
Descriptors: Physics, Biology, Epistemology, Affective Behavior
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Dancy, Melissa; Henderson, Charles; Turpen, Chandra – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
The lack of knowledge about how to effectively spread and sustain the use of research-based instructional strategies is currently a significant barrier to the improvement of undergraduate physics education. In this paper we address this lack of knowledge by reporting on an interview study of 35 physics faculty, of varying institution types, who…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Teaching Methods, Best Practices, Interviews
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Olmstead, Alice; Turpen, Chandra – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
Professional development workshops are one of the primary mechanisms used to help faculty improve their teaching, and draw in many STEM instructors every year. Although workshops serve a critical role in changing instructional practices within our community, we rarely assess workshops through careful consideration of how they engage faculty.…
Descriptors: Professional Development, STEM Education, Workshops, Elementary Secondary Education
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Dreyfus, Benjamin W.; Sawtelle, Vashti; Turpen, Chandra; Gouvea, Julia; Redish, Edward F. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
As interdisciplinary courses are developed, instructors and researchers have to grapple with questions of how students should make connections across disciplines. We explore the issue of interdisciplinary reconciliation (IDR): how students reconcile seemingly contradictory ideas from different disciplines. While IDR has elements in common with…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physics, Biology, Science Instruction
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Henderson, Charles; Turpen, Chandra; Dancy, Melissa; Chapman, Tricia – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
Ideally, instructors and their institutions would have a shared set of metrics by which they determine teaching effectiveness. And, ideally, these metrics would overlap with research findings on measuring teaching effectiveness. Unfortunately, the current situation at most institutions is far from this ideal. As part of a larger interview study,…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Science Teachers, College Faculty
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Dreyfus, Benjamin W.; Geller, Benjamin D.; Gouvea, Julia; Sawtelle, Vashti; Turpen, Chandra; Redish, Edward F. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
Teaching about energy in interdisciplinary settings that emphasize coherence among physics, chemistry, and biology leads to a more central role for chemical bond energy. We argue that an interdisciplinary approach to chemical energy leads to modeling chemical bonds in terms of negative energy. While recent work on ontological metaphors for energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Physics
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Turpen, Chandra; Finkelstein, Noah D. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2010
This paper summarizes variations in instructors' implementation practices during Peer Instruction (PI) and shows how these differences in practices shape different norms of classroom interaction. We describe variations in classroom norms along three dimensions of classroom culture that are integral to Peer Instruction, emphasis on: (1)…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship
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Turpen, Chandra; Finkelstein, Noah D. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2009
While educational reforms in introductory physics are becoming more widespread, how these reforms are implemented is less well understood. This paper examines the variation in faculty practices surrounding the implementation of educational reform in introductory physics courses. Through observations of classroom practice, we find that professors'…
Descriptors: Physics, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Curriculum Implementation