Promoting Mastery in Introductory Physics Courses using Active Learning with Investigative Computer Tools

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 – 4:15pm
Reiss 502
Priscilla Laws
Research Professor of Physics, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

The outcomes of Physics Education Research (PER) consistently demonstrate that students acquire better mastery of physics concepts and vital reasoning skills by making observations, drawing inferences from them, and getting rapid feed back on their reasoning. Computer-based investigative tools coupled with PER based curricular materials have enabled introductory physics students to achieve dramatic learning gains. In this talk, Dr. Laws will present research on learning gains that can be achieved when students use curricular materials informed by the outcomes of educational research along with investigative computer tools.

Host: Edward Van Keuren
Discussion Leader: Edward Van Keuren