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Rebull, L. M.; French, D. A.; Laurence, W.; Roberts, T.; Fitzgerald, M. T.; Gorjian, V.; Squires, G. K. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) provides a year-long authentic astronomy research project by partnering a research astronomer with small groups of educators. NITARP has worked with a total of 103 educators since 2005. In this paper, surveys are explored that were obtained from 74 different educators, at up to four waypoints…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Astronomy, Scientists, Teacher Surveys
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Kohnle, Antje; Passante, Gina – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Analyzing, constructing, and translating between graphical, pictorial, and mathematical representations of physics ideas and reasoning flexibly through them ("representational competence") is a key characteristic of expertise in physics but is a challenge for learners to develop. Interactive computer simulations and University of…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Computer Simulation
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Loverude, Michael – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
As part of an ongoing project to examine student learning in upper-division courses in thermal and statistical physics, we have examined student reasoning about entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. We have examined reasoning in terms of heat transfer, entropy maximization, and statistical treatments of multiplicity and probability. In…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Thermodynamics
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Hall, Nicholas; Webb, David – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
The role of autonomy in the student experience in a large-enrollment undergraduate introductory physics course was studied from a self-determination theory perspective. A correlational study investigated whether certain aspects of the student experience correlated with how autonomy supportive (versus controlling) students perceived their…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Personal Autonomy
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Harlow, Jason J.?B.; Harrison, David M.; Meyertholen, Andrew – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
We have studied the correlation of student performance in a large first year university physics course with their reasons for taking the course and whether or not the student took a senior-level high school physics course. Performance was measured both by the Force Concept Inventory and by the grade on the final examination. Students who took the…
Descriptors: Physics, Correlation, Student Interests, Introductory Courses
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West, Emily A.; Paul, Cassandra A.; Webb, David; Potter, Wendell H. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2013
The physics instruction at UC Davis for life science majors takes place in a long-standing reformed large-enrollment physics course in which the discussion or laboratory instructors (primarily graduate student teaching assistants) implement the interactive-engagement (IE) elements of the course. Because so many different instructors participate in…
Descriptors: Physics, College Science, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Sadaghiani, Homeyra R. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012
We have investigated the impact of using multimedia learning modules (MLM) on the learning of students enrolled in introductory physics courses at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. One hundred fifty-nine students were randomly registered in two sections of an introductory mechanics course, one of which featured the MLMs. Both…
Descriptors: Discussion, Mechanics (Physics), Learning Modules, Introductory Courses
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Sadaghiani, Homeyra R. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2011
We have been piloting web-based multimedia learning modules (MLMs), developed by the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), as a "prelecture assignment" in several introductory physics courses at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. In this study, we report the results…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Learning Modules, Blended Learning, Online Courses
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Loverude, Michael E.; Gonzalez, Barbara L.; Nanes, Roger – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2011
We describe an inquiry-based course in physics and chemistry for preservice K-8 teachers developed at California State University Fullerton. The course is one of three developed primarily to enhance the science content understanding of prospective teachers. The course incorporates a number of innovative instructional strategies and is somewhat…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Preservice Teacher Education