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  Session: PER: Evaluating Instructional Strategies II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Teaching Quantum Mechanics through Project-based Learning
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:20PM
  Author: Gintaras K Duda, Creighton University
402-280-5730, gkduda@creighton.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Although there has been interest in problem/project-based learning in the PER community as an active engagement strategy, most work done to date, however, has focused on introductory courses. This talk will explore research on upper-division quantum mechanics, a junior/senior level course at Creighton University, which was taught using PBL pedagogy with no in-class lectures. Course time was primarily spent on lecture tutorials and projects, which included the alpha decay of Uranium, neutrino oscillations, spin oscillations/NMR, and FTIR spectroscopy of HCl. This talk will describe how PBL pedagogy was implement in an upper-division physics course and will explore student learning in light of the new pedagogy and embedded meta-cognitive self-monitoring exercises, and the effect of the PBL curriculum on student attitudes, motivation, and epistemologies.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Duda-Project-Based Quantum - Duda.pdf

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