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Abstract Title: Instructional Innovations in Physics and Their Effects on Student Learning
Abstract: This paper presents results of an NSF project in which the goal is to provide a synthesis of research on instructional innovations that have been implemented in undergraduate courses in physics. The research questions guiding the project are: What constitutes the range of principal course innovations that are being implemented in undergraduate science courses?  To what extent are different course innovation approaches associated with differences in student learning? What issues are critical to the effective implementation of course innovations? The paper will describe: (1) the procedures followed to analyze the studies described in 118 journal articles, (2) the literature search procedures, (3) the characteristics of the studies reported, and (4) the results from synthesizing the quantitative results of those studies that met our criteria for inclusion. The paper concludes with recommendations for strengthening programs of research that focus on evaluating the effectiveness of instructional innovations in physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Heidi Iverson
University of Colorado at Boulder
School of Education
UCB 249
Boulder, CO 80309-0249
Phone: 303-492-4331
and Co-Presenter(s)
Maria Ruiz-Primo, Maria.Ruiz-Primo -at- ucdenver.edu, University of Colorado at Denver

Derek Briggs, Derek.Briggs -at- colorado.edu, University of Colorado at Boulder

Robert Talbot, Robert.Talbot -at- colorado.edu, Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder

Lorrie Shepard, Lorrie.Shepard -at- colorado.edu, University of Colorado at Boulder