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Abstract Title: The challenge of implementing education research: A holistic and dynamical systems perspective
Abstract: I believe that there is gap between the results of PER and their classroom implementation. I am concerned about this gap and how to close it. I will talk about what I see are two major challenges to implementing PER most effectively in physics classrooms. (1) Integration: We lack a good model the classroom as a complex dynamical system. (2) Transformation: Transformation or change is difficult and uncomfortable for both students and instructor. In exploring the ideas of integration and transformation, I will try to paint a portrait of my own physics classroom and talk about key components of the "physics classroom as a complex system" model, including integrating experiments into the classroom setting, the growth of a learning community, and the role of formative assessment and reflection. I will also tell a story of my own personal transformation as an educator and describe the transformative experience that my students undergo. In reflecting on these transformations, I have come to one inescapable conclusion: Real change comes with change in personal orientation for the learner towards learning, and for a teacher towards teaching. The key shift is not in the world, but in the self.
Abstract Type: Plenary

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David Brookes
Florida International University