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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Kelley Commeford, Eric Brewe, and Adrienne L. Traxler
The vast majority of research involving active learning pedagogies uses passive lecture methods as a baseline. We propose to move beyond such comparisons to understand the mechanisms that make different active learning styles unique. Here, we use COPUS observations to record student and instructor activities in six known styles of active learning in physics, and use latent profile analysis to classify these observations. Latent profile analysis using two profiles successfully groups COPUS profiles into interactive lecturelike and other. Five latent profiles successfully sorts observations into interactive lecturelike, Modeling Instruction, ISLE labs, context-rich problems labs, and recitationlike or discussionlike. This analysis serves as a proof of concept, and suggests instructional differences across pedagogies that can be further investigated using this method.

Editor's Note: The COPUS acronym stands for "The Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM".
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 010113
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Inquiry Learning
= Interactive Lecture Demonstration
= Modeling
= Problem Solving
- Learning Environment
- Teacher Preparation
= Program Assessment
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- Learning Theory
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
= Statistics
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010113
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DUE-1711017
DUE-1712341
Keywords:
Active Learning Pedagogy, Active Learning research, CALEP Project
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Metadata instance created February 28, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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October 1, 2023 by Caroline Hall
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K. Commeford, E. Brewe, and A. Traxler, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010113 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010113).
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K. Commeford, E. Brewe, and A. Traxler, Characterizing active learning environments in physics using latent profile analysis, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010113 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010113>.
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Commeford, K., Brewe, E., & Traxler, A. (2022, February 23). Characterizing active learning environments in physics using latent profile analysis. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(1), 010113. Retrieved June 23, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010113
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Commeford, K, E. Brewe, and A. Traxler. "Characterizing active learning environments in physics using latent profile analysis." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 1, (February 23, 2022): 010113, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010113 (accessed 23 June 2024).
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Commeford, Kelley, Eric Brewe, and Adrienne Traxler. "Characterizing active learning environments in physics using latent profile analysis." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.1 (2022): 010113. 23 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010113>.
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