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Abstract Title: Studying the Spread of Research-based Instructional Strategies: Rich Case Study of SCALE-UP
Abstract: Much time, money, and effort has been spent developing innovative teaching pedagogies. But, the majority of college instruction in physics fields is inconsistent with research-based recommendations. This project investigates the dissemination and implementation of research-based instruction by using a web survey to understand the spread of SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies). Responses from 659 people indicate that SCALE-UP is used at over 250 institutions worldwide and has also spread to disciplines beyond physics. Information about SCALE-UP has traveled through both formal and informal channels. Secondary sites frequently modify the original SCALE-UP model, which may impact the success of the implementation. According to the Diffusion of Innovations theory, the developer may need to change the message to continue increasing the number of sites beyond early adopters.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Reform expansion beyond a single classroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kathleen Foote
North Carolina State University