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Abstract Title: Supporting effective and inclusive group work in introductory physics courses: Development of a guide for instructors
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: There have been numerous calls for physics instructors to utilize active learning in their courses. Many research-based instructional strategies also suggest the use of group work. However, instructors frequently revert back to didactic instructional styles and make modifications to research-based instructional strategies to suit their students' needs and context. To support physics instructors in fostering effective and inclusive group work, we developed a literature-based guide composed of 29 recommendations for practice, including citations to the literature, descriptions of what, why, and how instructors can implement the recommendations, and example implementations. The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss the development and features of, and present findings from pilot interviews with instructors about the alignment of the guide's recommendations with their own instructional practices. Overall, we found that participating instructors implement some of the recommended practices and cite department-level constraints for not implementing other recommendations.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-17

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Matthew W. Guthrie
Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: 6165106782
and Co-Presenter(s)
Xian Wu (He/Him), Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
Erin Scanlon (She/Her), Department of Physics, University of Connecticut - Avery Point