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Abstract Title: A Study of the Successful Propagation of Peer Instruction
Abstract: Millions of dollars and uncounted hours have gone into the development of research-based instructional strategies for the improvement of undergraduate physics. However, many of these instructional strategies have extremely limited impact beyond the developer(s). Missing from the literature is rigorous research about change strategies that do work. Peer Instruction is the best-propagated research-based instructional strategy in undergraduate physics. We use case study methodology to construct the story of how Peer Instruction became widely known and widely used. This case study uses interviews with the original developers and document evidence such as publications and presentations to build a rich description of the early events and propagation strategies used (knowingly or not) that have led to the spread of Peer Instruction. This information has implications of for physics education researchers who want to increase the impact of their work.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Raina Khatri
Western Michigan University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
Renee Cole, University of Iowa
Jeffrey Froyd, Texas A&M University
Debbi Gilbuena, Oregon State University
Courtney Stanford, University of Iowa

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