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Abstract Title: What factors lead to faculty trying research based strategies?
Abstract: As part of a larger ongoing study of physics faculty, we report on an analysis of 16 interviews with Peer Instruction (PI) users.  The analyses presented here address the following two research questions 1) How did PI users come to know about PI? and 2) What reasons do PI users give for first trying PI?  In this poster we describe how faculty were first exposed to PI, and the avenues faculty used to subsequently learn more about PI such as workshops, informal discussions with colleagues, reading journal articles, etc.  We also describe reasons that faculty members give for initially trying PI such as dissatisfaction with lecture methods, easy trailability of PI, or their intuitive sense that PI was a better way to teach.  Following a summary of our findings, we discuss implications for dissemination.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Melissa Dancy
Johnson C. Smith University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
Chandra Turpen, Western Michigan University and University of Colorado, Boulder