Learning About Teaching Physics
Nuggets from the education research that you can use in class tomorrow
Preparing Students to Learn from Lecture: Creating a "Time for Telling"
August 20, 2012 01:02 PM PDT
If interactive classrooms are the best way for students to learn, then is it bad to tell things to students? Not necessarily. In this podcast, we hear from researchers and instructors how we might prepare students to learn effectively from lecture.
Thanks to Daniel Schwartz of Stanford University, Doug Bonn and Jessica Lamb of the University of British Columbia, and Corinne Manogue of Oregon State University.Visual, verbal, or auditory? The truth behind the myth behind the truth of learning styles.
November 22, 2011 10:03 PM PST
Are you a visual learner or an auditory learner? I bet you can tell me which you think you are. But does it matter? In this podcast, we discuss the research on individual learning styles, and how science learning requires us to blend the visual and the verbal.
Thanks to Hal Pashler of UC San Diego and Richard Mayer of UC Santa Barbara for their participation in this podcast.
July 16, 2011 08:27 PM PDT
Are "clickers" or "personal response systems" just the latest fad in education? Or is there solid research behind their use? In this episode we share some recent studies that really highlight how clickers can be used most effectively, and how they can save the world!
Studies cited were:
Learning About Teaching Physics is supported by a grant from the American Association of Physics Teachers (Physics Education Research Topical Group).
Today's music was:
There are a wide variety of instructor resources on clicker use available at STEMclickers.colorado.edu, including videos, literature, and an instructor's guide.
Ed Prather's version of Peer Instruction is called Think Pair Share (and you can read more about it at that link).
May 17, 2011 10:14 AM PDT
Physics is the study of nature. So, physics classes typically include demonstrations of how those laws of nature play out, often in surprising ways. But do students see what we intend them to see? In this episode, we find out what the research says about classroom demos, and how to help students get the most out of them.
Study cited in this episode: Classroom demonstrations: Learning tools or entertainment? Mazur, Fagen, Crouch and Callan, American Journal of Physics, 72 (6), 835 - 838 (2004). Andrew Fagen's more detailed thesis can be found here.
Below is the image of the scale demonstration described in the podcast:
Podcast SummaryWe're getting the physics education research out of those stuffy journals and into your hands (or, rather, ears) with this little audio podcast. Co-hosted by veteran high school physics teacher Michael Fuchs and physicist and education researcher Stephanie Chasteen, each episode investigates a piece of the research literature and how it can relate to your classroom.
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