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American Journal of Physics
written by David E. Meltzer and Kandiah Manivannan
Numerous reports suggest that learning gains in introductory university physics courses may be increased by "active-learning" instructional methods. These methods engender greater mental engagement and more extensive student-student and student-instructor interaction than does a typical lecture class. It is particularly challenging to transfer these methodologies to the large-enrollment lecture hall. We report on seven years of development and testing of a variant of Peer Instruction as pioneered by Mazur that aims at achieving virtually continuous instructor-student interaction through a "fully interactive" physics lecture. This method is most clearly distinguished by instructor-student dialogues that closely resemble one-on-one instruction. We present and analyze a detailed example of such classroom dialogues, and describe the format, procedures, and curricular materials required for creating the desired lecture-room environment. We also discuss a variety of assessment data that indicate strong gains in student learning, consistent with other researchers. We conclude that interactive-lecture methods in physics instruction are practical, effective, and amenable to widespread implementation.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 70, Issue 6, Pages 639-654
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© 2002 American Journal of Physics
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10.1119/1.1463739
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active learning, education, learning environment, peer instruction, physics, teaching
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D. Meltzer and K. Manivannan, Am. J. Phys. 70 (6), 639 (2002), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1463739).
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D. Meltzer and K. Manivannan, Transforming the lecture-hall environment: The fully interactive physics lecture Am. J. Phys. 70 (6), 639 (2002), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1463739>.
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Meltzer, D., & Manivannan, K. (2002, June 1). Transforming the lecture-hall environment: The fully interactive physics lecture. Am. J. Phys., 70(6), 639-654. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1463739
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Meltzer, David, and Kandiah Manivannan. "Transforming the lecture-hall environment: The fully interactive physics lecture." Am. J. Phys. 70, no. 6, (June 1, 2002): 639-654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1463739 (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Meltzer, David, and Kandiah Manivannan. "Transforming the lecture-hall environment: The fully interactive physics lecture." Am. J. Phys. 70.6 (2002): 639-654. 28 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1463739>.
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