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Abstract Title: A Case Study in Leveraging Biology Experiences in Physics
Abstract: When we discuss courses designed to be interdisciplinary, such as our course in Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) majors, we often focus on what students can gain from taking a course (physics) outside their chosen discipline (biology). Rarely do we consider what advantages might be gained from students' experience with biology in learning physics. At the University of Maryland we have designed an introductory physics course that leverages students' biology experiences in an authentic interdisciplinary manner. In this presentation, we will examine case study data of a student who initially describes herself as hating physics. We will look at interview data with her reflecting on her experiences within our yearlong IPLS course. We will explore how her prior experiences as a biology student and as a student in this interdisciplinary classroom came to influence her evolving relationship with physics and the perceived connections between the disciplines.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vashti Sawtelle
University of Maryland, College Park
082 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742-4111
Phone: 301-405-6179
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland, College Park
Julia Svoboda Gouvea, University of California, Davis
Benjamin W. Dreyfus, University of Maryland, College Park
Benjamin D. Geller, University of Maryland, College Park