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Abstract Title: Surveying Instructors’ Attitudes and Approaches to Teaching Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Understanding instructors' attitudes and approaches to teaching quantum mechanics can be helpful in developing research-based instructional tools. Here, we discuss the findings from such a survey in which 12 faculty members reflected on various issues related to quantum mechanics teaching.  Topics included opinions about the goals of a quantum mechanics course, general challenges in teaching the subject, students' preparation for the course, difficulty of teaching various topics, the effectiveness of textbooks, comparison with their own learning of quantum mechanics vs. how they teach it, views about foundational issues, and to what extent contemporary topics are incorporated into the syllabus.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
University of Pittsburgh
100 Allen Hall
3942 'O Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
and Co-Presenter(s)
Shabnam Siddiqui

University of Pittsburgh