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Addressing Student Models of Energy Loss in Quantum Physics
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Addressing Student Models of Energy Loss in Quantum Physics

We report on a multi-year, multi-institution study to investigate students' reasoning about ... (more)

We report on a multi-year, multi-institution study to investigate students' reasoning about energy in the context of quantum tunnelling. We use ungraded surveys, graded examination questions, individual clinical interviews and multiple-choice exams to build a picture of the types of responses that students typically give. We find that two descriptions of tunnelling through a square barrier are particularly common. Students often state that tunnelling particles lose energy while tunnelling. When sketching wavefunctions, students also show a shift in the axis of oscillation, as if the height of the axis of oscillation indicated the energy of the particle. We find inconsistencies between students' conceptual, mathematical and graphical models of quantum tunnelling. As part of a curriculum in quantum physics, we have developed instructional materials designed to help students develop a more robust and less inconsistent picture of tunnelling, and present data suggesting that we have succeeded in doing so. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jeffrey Morgan
Lei Bao
Michael C. Wittmann
Basic research methods
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Basic research methods

This unit covers basic research methods in an easily accessible way, and ... (more)

This unit covers basic research methods in an easily accessible way, and includes research tips and pros and cons for each method. It also takes learners through a step-by-step approach to planning research. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Case Study
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plans
Other
Provider:
ItrainOnline
Provider Set:
ItrainOnline MMTK
Author:
ItrainOnline MMTK
Curricular emphasis in mechanics: A national update
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Curricular emphasis in mechanics: A national update

Reports results of a nationwide survey on undergraduate mechanics education. These results ... (more)

Reports results of a nationwide survey on undergraduate mechanics education. These results are compared with previous surveys to document trends in mechanics education. Areas addressed include degrees granted, courses required, teaching responsibility, quality of teachers and students, subject matter taught, evaluation methods, and teaching methods. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Cary A. Fisher
James G. R. Hansen
Graphs Galore
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Graphs Galore

This lesson will allow students to conduct surveys from a selected number ... (more)

This lesson will allow students to conduct surveys from a selected number of people. Then the students will be able to use this data to create various kinds of graphs. After completion of the graphs, they will analyze their data and then draw conclusions from this data. A lesson plan for grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Alta Allen
How to Conduct a Participatory Rural Appraisal for an Engineering Project
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How to Conduct a Participatory Rural Appraisal for an Engineering Project

This module prepares students to conduct preliminary surveys to obtain cultural, demographic, ... (more)

This module prepares students to conduct preliminary surveys to obtain cultural, demographic, and environmental data before implementing an engineering project in a developing country. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Linda Driskill
Impact of problem-based learning in a large classroom setting: student perception and problem-solving skills
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Impact of problem-based learning in a large classroom setting: student perception and problem-solving skills

This article describes a problem-based learning (PBL) approach (using tutorless groups) that ... (more)

This article describes a problem-based learning (PBL) approach (using tutorless groups) that was introduced as a supplement to standard didactic lectures in University of British Columbia Okanagan undergraduate biochemistry classes consisting of 45퉌_85 students. PBL was chosen as an effective method to assist students in learning biochemical and physiological processes. By monitoring student attendance and using informal and formal surveys, we demonstrated that PBL has a significant positive impact on student motivation to attend and participate in the course work. (less)

Subject:
Life Science
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Andis Klegeris (University of British Columbia)
Heather Hurren (University of British Columbia)
Interpreting VASS dimensions and profiles for physics students
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Interpreting VASS dimensions and profiles for physics students

Student views about knowing and learning physics have been probed with the ... (more)

Student views about knowing and learning physics have been probed with the Views About Sciences Survey (VASS) along six conceptual dimensions, and classified into four distinct profiles: expert, high transitional, low transitional, and folk. As an aid to interpreting VASS results, this article provides a qualitative analysis of student responses to items within each of the six dimensions and a quantitative analysis of their relation to students' profiles. Students with an expert profile are chiefly scientific realists and critical learners. Students with a folk profile are primarily naive realists and passive learners. Students with transitional profiles hold mixtures of these views. Student profiles correlate significantly with physics achievement. Indeed, they may be major determinants of what students learn in physics courses. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
David Hestenes
Ibrahim Halloun
Model analysis of fine structures of student models: An example with Newton's third law
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Model analysis of fine structures of student models: An example with Newton's third law

In problem-solving situations, the contextual features of the problems affect student reasoning. ... (more)

In problem-solving situations, the contextual features of the problems affect student reasoning. Using Newton's third law as an example, we study the role of context in students' uses of alternative conceptual models. We have identified four contextual features that are frequently used by students in their reasoning. Using these results, a multiple-choice survey was developed to probe the effects of the specific contextual features on student reasoning. Measurements with this instrument show that different contextual features can affect students' conceptual learning in different ways. We compare student data from different populations and instructions and discuss the implications. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Dean A. Zollman
Kirsten Hogg
Lei Bao
Replication of a path analysis model of secondary physics enrollments: 20 years later
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Replication of a path analysis model of secondary physics enrollments: 20 years later

The percentage of enrollment in physics (PEP) at the secondary level in ... (more)

The percentage of enrollment in physics (PEP) at the secondary level in the United States has been approximately 20% for the past few decades. In an attempt to isolate variables related to physics enrollment. Bryant (1977) conducted a path analysis model of secondary physics enrollment in New York State. This present study is a replication and extension of the study conducted by Bryant. Current data were used to verify the Bryant model and construct models with data available since Bryant's work. Data gathered by the New York State Education Department for the 1990-1991 school year were used. The source of this data included surveys completed by teachers and administrators on student characteristics and school facilities. A data analysis similar to Bryant's was conducted to determine whether the relationships between a set of predictor variables and physics enrollment had changed in the past 20 years. The findings indicate that there has been no change in the set of variables related to physics enrollment. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Rodney Doran
Stanley Sobolewski
Research Design for Policy Analysis and Planning, Fall 2007
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Research Design for Policy Analysis and Planning, Fall 2007

This course develops skills in research design for policy analysis and planning. ... (more)

This course develops skills in research design for policy analysis and planning. The emphasis is on the logic of the research process and its constituent elements. The course relies on a seminar format so students are expected to read all of the assigned materials and come to class prepared to discuss key themes, ideas, and controversies. Since the materials draw broadly on the social sciences, and since students have diverse interests and methodological preferences, ongoing themes in our discussions will be linking concepts to planning scholarship in general and considering how different epistemological orientations and methodological techniques map on to planning specializations. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Carmin, JoAnn
Students' views of physics in combined degrees
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Students' views of physics in combined degrees

Presents and discusses results of a questionnaire survey of college/polytechnic students (N=213) ... (more)

Presents and discusses results of a questionnaire survey of college/polytechnic students (N=213) on their perceptions of and motivation for embarking on a combined-degree physics program. Areas/topics addressed include course structures of responding colleges/students, entrance requirements, student background, reasons behind choice of first year subjects, subjects combined with physics, and others. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physics
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Gordon Hubert
Taking A Sense of Place Beyond Geography and Science
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Taking A Sense of Place Beyond Geography and Science

This article provides ideas, lessons and resources on how elementary teachers can ... (more)

This article provides ideas, lessons and resources on how elementary teachers can integrate map skills, math, and art into lessons about the geography of the Arctic and Antarctica. (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Technology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004
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Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004

An introduction to the methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the ... (more)

An introduction to the methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the urban environment. Through visual observation, field analysis, measurements, interviews, and other means, students learn to draw on their senses and develop their ability to deduce, conclude, question, and test conclusions about how the environment is used and valued. Through the use of representational tools such as drawing, photographing, computer modeling and desktop publishing, students communicate what is observed as well as their impressions and ideas. Intended as a foundation for future studio work in urban design. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ben-Joseph, Eran
Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom
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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

In this lesson, designed for a heterogeneous group of students that includes ... (more)

In this lesson, designed for a heterogeneous group of students that includes English-language learners, students work together to plan a website based on their home knowledge. An introductory lesson outlines the structure and components of simple websites (home page, titles, headings, links). Students take home and complete a bilingual student and family interest survey, then work in groups of four or five to identify common themes among the responses. Each group makes a flow chart to think graphically about the contents of their planned website. Each student keeps a project notebook to record new ideas, summarize group work, and share the project with family members. The teacher can make the planned websites a reality using one of the online website-building platforms in the Resources list. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.
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