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Abstract Title: Applying Successful Techniques to Transform Physics and Astronomy in Urban Classrooms*
Abstract: The physics program at Chicago State University (CSU) has adopted an instructional environment that embraces inquiry-based instruction, research on student learning, and instructional revision. Based upon successes in our introductory physics courses, we have expanded our program to include the introductory astronomy and modern physics courses at CSU and the introductory physics sequence at Olive Harvey College, a nearby urban community college. In this poster we describe our implementation, preliminary research on the effectiveness of our materials, and the successes and challenges we face as our project expands to different instructional environments.

*Supported in part by NSF grant #DUE 0632563
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sean Gallardo
Chicago State University
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
9501 S. King Drive - SCI 232
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773-995-2172
Fax: 773-995-3809
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kim Coble
Mel S. Sabella