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Abstract Title: Applying ISLE ideas to Active Engagement in the Spins Paradigm
Abstract: Oregon State University's (OSU) upper-division physics courses re-arrange the traditional content to center around conceptual and mathematical ideas, with the aim of having students engage in authentic practices of physics in an interactive environment. The physics majors' introduction to Quantum Mechanics is the Quantum Measurements and Spin Paradigm (Spins).  I am heavily influenced by the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) curriculum that mirrors the goals of these upper-division courses in having students engage in authentic practices of physics. Having spent two years implementing ISLE in the lower-division courses, when I taught the Spins course I modified some activities to align with ISLE methodology.  The constructivist, scientific abilities approach of ISLE helped me strengthen the Spins course by providing connectivity between activities and a stronger emphasis on the goals surrounding preparing our students to think like physicists. My poster will focus on a specific activity sequence I implemented in this course.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Upper-division activities that foster "Thinking like a Physicist"

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dedra Demaree
Oregon State University
Department of Physics
Corvallis, OR 97331-6507