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Abstract Title: Helping Students Develop Scientific Habits of Mind
Abstract: This poster will describe the iterative process of the development of curriculum that focuses on helping students develop scientific abilities while constructing physics knowledge. The central idea of the curriculum is formative assessment and self-assessment, which were found to be the most powerful interventions to improve student learning. Formative assessment, done through specially designed rubrics, not only provides feedback to the students but most importantly provides feedback to instructors. Rubrics used for research purposes allow us to document student progress, their difficulties, and to subsequently revise curriculum materials. We will provide the details of the curriculum development and examples of student work that show how their learning changes from year to year as we improve the materials.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Developing Learning Skills in the Physics Classroom to Attend to Diverse Populations

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eugenia Etkina
Rutgers University
and Co-Presenter(s)
A. Karelina and M. Ruibal-Villasenor
Rutgers University