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Abstract Title: National survey of the uses of, resources for, and attitudes toward computation
Abstract: For the modern scientific workforce, computation has become indispensible, interrelated to both theory and experiment, as a third approach to solving scientific and engineering problems. By comparison, the integration of computation into undergraduate education has not kept pace. The impact of this situation upon recent graduates with physics bachelor degrees indicates that the failure of curricula to respond to changes in science and engineering practice is becoming problematic. At this point, there has been no systematic, comprehensive assessment of the use of computation, the institutional environment for its integration into courses, and the personnel resources to support such change. Such a survey is now underway and we report the background of its development, and the areas of curricular experiences, resources, and plans that it is designed to assess. We will present some preliminary results that we have accumulated and our comments upon what they tend to indicate.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Marcos D. Caballero
Department of Physics and Astronomy & CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Norman J. Chonacky, Department of Physics, Yale University
Robert C. Hilborn, American Association of Physics Teachers
Laura Merner, Statistical Research Center, American Institute of Physics