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Abstract Title: Long-Term Fidelity in a Research-Based Introductory Physics Curriculum*
Abstract: When a research-based physics curriculum is adopted, it is common to make modifications to address the constraints and affordances of the new site.  However, as time passes and new instructors are brought into the course, the curriculum can undergo further changes that move it away from the original version.  What elements of the original curriculum persist and what elements undergo modifications is not always clear at the time of the original implementation.  We report on a case study that employed qualitative research methods to explore this question.  The context for this study is the UC Davis CLASP curriculum that was originally adopted 15 years ago at California State University, San Marcos.  Results of this study show that over time changes in both content emphasis and pedagogical approach occur.  The study also provides insight into the motivation of instructors for such changes.

*Supported in part by NSF DUE-1068477
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B17

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Charles J. De Leone
California State University, San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Phone: 760-750-8074
and Co-Presenter(s)
Clarisa Bercovich Guelman
California State University, San Marcos

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