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Abstract Title: Implementing Tutorials in Introductory Physics in an International Context: The Effect of Language
Abstract: Tutorials in Introductory Physics from the University of Washington have become widely recognized as one of the more successful educational strategies for teaching physics. They were originally developed in English and have been translated to different languages. Instructors in non-English speaking countries wanting to implement Tutorials therefore have a choice between using the materials in the original English versions, and consequently teaching in a language other than the native language of most of their students, or using translations into the local language.  We present two experiences: a large private university in Mexico and a small public university in Germany, both of which use the Tutorials as the main strategy for physics courses. Through analysis of empirical data on student performance, we have been investigating to what extent the effectiveness of such materials is affected by their translation when the instruction is in the local language or by the non-native language capabilities of the participating students when the instruction is in English.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Genaro Zavala
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey
E. Garza Sada 2501
Monterrey, Non U.S. 64849
Phone: 528181048444
and Co-Presenter(s)
Christian H. Kautz, Hamburg University of Technology