The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

Chuxiong in May 2011 was a return visit. In 2007 we did four three hour workshops over two days, mainly oriented towards staff. This time quite different: three two hour sessions with students.  All studying to be teachers. The aim: explore some physics concepts demonstrate some teaching strategies as alternatives to teacher talk, class unison Read More …

Weiman article (Part 3) Engagement, Test results and Attendence

A look at the Weiman Study (continued).  This is one anonymous comment on the Chronicle page on this article: “I have tried most of the teaching methods out there in the course of over 20 years of teaching. Many “experimental” methods are effective, but they ALL result in less material being covered. Moral of the Read More …

Weiman article (Part 2) Setting up the experiment

Continued from Part 1.  The first time I have written several posts in a row for a while.  I’ve just run a session with some staff introducing the findings of the paper, with due regard for the 40 years of work (at least) that is is based on. All quotes below from the paper. The Read More …

China Physics Workshop Update

Wiki details: akowiki.canterbury.ac.nz/index.php/Chuxiong_Visit And my own emergent summary: akowiki.canterbury.ac.nz/index.php/Physics_Education_research Still deciding where to exist online. Probably eventually Wikieducator.com Reflections on the last 20 years in Physics Education There have been some quite remarkable educational discoveries (if that is the right way to phrase it) in Physics Education. The ‘Golden Age” was the 1990’s. Now (in Read More …