Physics Education Research

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Assistant Professor Andrew Pawl

Professor Pawl's Homepage

Assistant Professor Pawl's research interests include developing and quantitatively testing pedagogy that shifts teacher-student dialog toward communicating qualitative understanding rather than “plug and chug” algebra, in particular an investigation of how to bring modeling dialogue into the calculus track. A second interest is understanding how online homework can be made more effective, beginning with a look at what happens when students are given a role in choosing their homework. Both efforts currently involve collaboration with David Pritchard's RELATE group at MIT.

Assistant Professor Thomas Scaife

Professor Scaife's Homepage

Professor Scaife's research focuses on the sensitivity of student responses - and more generally student understanding - to small differences in similar physics questions. In particular, his research interests include: the origin and evolution of physical concepts, how students use information about physical quantities when solving problems, perceived hierarchical relationships between physical quantities, and the application of Bayesian methods to the analysis of classroom data and to the modelling of student learning.

Professor Philip Young

Professor Young's Homepage

Professor Young started out in applied optics, but over the past few years he has become involved in curriculum development and physics education research. He acquired funding to support the transition to lecture/lab instruction in the new Engineering Hall, and is now working to assess the impact of that transition. In particular, he has been tracking student performance on a nationally recognized physics assessment (Force Concept Inventory) as a function of the amount of interactive engagement in the lecture/lab classroom.

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