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Abstract Title: Creating Learning Environments Where Students Can Put their Knowledge to Use
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: How do we engage students with the skills of doing physics? Many reforms have been devised over the years, and one that ties many of these threads together is the framework of Three-Dimensional Learning (3DL). This framework provides a tools for aligning teaching around the 3 Dimensions of how scientists organize their disciplinary understanding. Implementing 3DL focuses on strengthening 'what' we teach, as opposed to active learning techniques that focus on 'how' we teach. Nevertheless, they create learning environments that are meaningfully active and allow students to put their knowledge to use. In this talk, I will present results from exam assessment items and in-class instructional segments, collected over 4 years from introductory courses. Our results indicate that using 3DL-aligned instruction to focus on what is taught is not only productive for student learning, but also offers opportunities for making classrooms active. We also find that Scientific Practices – the dimension encompassing the activities that scientists engage in – stand out amongst the 3 Dimensions: focusing on them leads to the most success in achieving 3 Dimensionality. This makes Scientific Practices the key to creating meaningfully active learning environments where students can put their knowledge to use and learn physics in scientifically authentic ways.
Footnote: On behalf of the 3DL for Undergraduate Science collaboration.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-3

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Paul Bergeron
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823