Archive For The “Physics Education Research (PER)” Category

The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

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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…

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

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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…

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Weiman article (Part 2) Setting up the experiment

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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…

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China

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I’ve had a quiet day today part way through a visit to Chuxiong Normal University.  Two sessions so far: Thursday (Information Science Majors) and Friday (Physics Majors) The aim: exposure to a few strategies to support active learning practice in English have fun All these students will be teachers sometime.  The hope: just to see…

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China Physics Workshop Update

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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…

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“Web 2.0 in ten Minutes” and “Wikis for a Business unit”

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Gave two talks yesterday. The new ITAG (IT advisory group) meets once a month for lunch and an informal catch up on various matters at 0ur institution.  They invited me in to speak about web 2.0 and benefits (And a guy from the web team to talk for 10 minutes about the other side) On…

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