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Abstract Title: Implementing Lecture-Tutorial Exercises in an Introductory Astronomy Course
Abstract: We present initial results from a study on the effects of pedagogical course reform in two sections of an introductory astronomy course for non-science majors at Florida International University.  This reform was accomplished by implementing publisher-supplied hands-on lecture tutorials (LTs), which are short (15-30 minute) workbook activities that are done in class in small groups. Each LT is designed so that students uncover and confront common misconceptions about astronomical and physical concepts. The instructor, with the help of undergraduate learning assistants, acts as a facilitator during each LT exercise. Here we discuss the methods and challenges of implementation, and the impact on student learning by comparing exam performance in the LT sections to that in traditionally taught lecture sections.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eric A. Williams
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2605
Fax: (305) 348-0484
and Co-Presenter(s)
Caroline E. Simpson, Florida International University