Cal Poly Pomona

Physics Seminar

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Physics Education Research in Upper-Division Physics Core Courses

Mike Loverude

Cal State Fullerton

Physics education research (PER) came of age largely in the context of introductory-level college courses that serve students who are primarily non-physics majors, including preservice teachers.

More recently, a number of researchers have extended this focus into the middle- and upper-division courses taken by physics majors.

The apparent assumption in standard courses at this level has been that these students are well-matched to the lecture-based traditional curriculum and that understanding would naturally follow from mastery of mathematical techniques.

In this talk, we examine that assumption and the response of physics majors in upper-division courses to research-based instructional strategies and standard and modified assessment strategies.

Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014

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