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Abstract Title: Analysis of Faculty and Student Interviews on Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Characterizing faculty expectations is important to produce a comprehensive understanding of what knowledge students should acquire before and during a quantum mechanics course (QMC). We analyzed interviews conducted with faculty and students entering a QMC in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Georgia State University. The  interviews examine expectations regarding preparation, course material, and instructor's goals for a QMC. The goals of the interviews are to locate and conflicts in perspective and to provide students with a "map" for areas that will help strengthen the knowledge and skills to be obtained before they enter a QMC. We report on contradictions and similarities in perceptions from interview data determined by coding the interviews and through the use of Activity Theory.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher Oakley
Georgia State University
29 Peachtree Center Avenue
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-6056
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brian D. Thoms at Georgia State University