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  Session: Classical Mechanics in the Upper-Level Core: Frontiers and the Classroom
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Using Research to Investigate and Enhance Learning in Upper-division Mechanics
  Meeting: 2014 Winter Meeting: Orlando, Florida
  Location: N/A
  Time: 12:00PM
  Author: Bradley Ambrose, Grand Valley State University
616-331-2524, ambroseb@gvsu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Researchers in physics education have repeatedly shown that traditionally taught introductory courses have minimal effect on the conceptual understanding, problem solving skills, and scientific reasoning ability of most students' including physics majors. Much of that research suggests that lingering difficulties can adversely impact student learning of more advanced material. Research in the context of sophomore/junior level courses in intermediate mechanics has been particularly fruitful in investigating student learning beyond the introductory level. Such research has also been invaluable in guiding the development and assessment of innovative instructional strategies that can complement (and exceed the effectiveness of) traditional lectures. This presentation will highlight results from research conducted at Grand Valley State University, the University of Maine (by co-PI Michael Wittmann) and pilot site institutions in the Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials project. We present evidence of specific student difficulties as well as examples of the use of guided inquiry in addressing these difficulties.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: 2014-01-07 AAPT WM 14 Orlando (Ambrose).pdf

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