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Abstract Title: Utilizing the Resources of Urban University Students to Develop Effective Instructional Environments
Abstract: Physics Education Researchers have provided instructors with (1) tools to assess student learning, (2) details on the state of student knowledge, and (3) instructional materials and learning environments that have proven to be effective in promoting understanding.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of this work has centered on students and instruction at the traditional research university. As instructors begin to implement innovative instructional materials, and as researchers begin to investigate student learning with diverse populations, complex differences emerge.  The use of traditional PER tools in non-traditional environments, such as the urban, comprehensive university, often leads to a very narrow picture of student development.  Often, this limited view highlights deficiencies in learning and fails to reveal the strengths and resources of this population.  In this poster we highlight some of the resources we have found with the population of students at urban institutions in Chicago.  In addition, we describe how these resources have guided the implementation of a specific type of instructional approach.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Applications of PER in Diverse Settings: Perspectives on Audience, Method and Implementation
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mel S. Sabella
Chicago State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kim Coble, and Samuel Bowen
Chicago State University