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Graduate Quantum Mechanics Reform
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Graduate Quantum Mechanics Reform

We address four main areas in which graduate quantum mechanics education can ... (more)

We address four main areas in which graduate quantum mechanics education can be improved: course content, textbook, teaching methods, and assessment tools. We report on a three year longitudinal study at the Colorado School of Mines using innovations in all these areas. In particular, we have modified the content of the course to reflect progress in the field of quantum mechanics over the last 50 years, used textbooks that include such content, incorporated a variety of teaching techniques based on physics education research, and used a variety of assessment tools to study the effectiveness of these reforms. We present a new assessment tool, the Graduate Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey, and further testing of a previously developed assessment tool, the Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey. We find that graduate students respond well to research-based techniques that have been tested mainly in introductory courses, and that they learn much of the new content introduced in each version of the course. We also find that students' ability to answer conceptual questions about graduate quantum mechanics is highly correlated with their ability to solve calculational problems on the same topics. In contrast, we find that students' understanding of basic undergraduate quantum mechanics concepts at the modern physics level is not improved by instruction at the graduate level. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Lincoln D. Carr
Sam B. McKagan
Preparation and Presentation of Biology Laboratory Class Materials Through WebCT
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Preparation and Presentation of Biology Laboratory Class Materials Through WebCT

An introduction to optimizing materials for web presentation: postscripting to PDF, animated ... (more)

An introduction to optimizing materials for web presentation: postscripting to PDF, animated graphics, still graphics, font type and size. These materials, among others, are used to demonstrate the creation of a WebCT course site. WebCT is a server-based course management software application. Through a very specific (and thoroughly, yet simply explained) set of steps, faculty place html, text files, graphics files, etc. into what is essentially an on-line course. That 'course' allows you to place your study materials and outlines on the web, create self-testing and scoring for individual materials, give quizzes and exams, search your own glossary, keep an on-line calendar that links to files or sites inside or outside your course, keep track of grades, assign each of your students email capability, run chat rooms, publish a bulletin board, and allow you to track students' study time and materials. All creation work and student participation can be done wherever there is a browser and WWW access. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Purdue University
Provider Set:
Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Terry Combs
Science as Investigation: A First Majors Course Teaching the Process
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Science as Investigation: A First Majors Course Teaching the Process

The first laboratory course biology majors take should challenge their expectation that ... (more)

The first laboratory course biology majors take should challenge their expectation that biology is the mere memorization of knowledge. Rather, it should introduce them through experience to the scope and limitations of scientific investigation. Following a brief introduction to epistemology and the nature and goals of science, this course provides students with a developing understanding of scientific thinking, methodology, and experimental design. During the final unit of the course students devise and conduct a test of a hypothesis they have independently generated, conduct appropriate statistical analysis, and write a report of the project. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Southwest Missouri State University
Provider Set:
Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Alan Journet
Scientific Inquiry
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Scientific Inquiry

In this exercise, students examine several components of reasoning with the purpose ... (more)

In this exercise, students examine several components of reasoning with the purpose of helping the student see how these are used in developing a personal problem solving technique. The students work through three exercises: determining an object in a sealed box, identifying a series of unknown household chemicals, and identifying the rules that determine responses in a computer simulation. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Susquehanna University
Provider Set:
Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
George Boone
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