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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Using Experiments to Foster Conceptual Understanding: Insights From PER*
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:00 AM -8:30 AM
  Author: MacKenzie Stetzer, University of Washington
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  Abstract: The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington has been investigating student learning in an upper-division laboratory course in analog electronics. Our findings indicate a need for research-based instructional materials that are expressly designed to help deepen student understanding and to address specific difficulties identified through research. As we begin this curriculum-development effort, we plan to draw on our extensive experience designing research-based and research-validated materials for use in special laboratory-based, inquiry-oriented courses for K-12 teachers.1 In this talk, I will highlight the role of experiments in instructional strategies that have been shown to strengthen the conceptual understanding of K-12 teachers. I will also reflect on how such approaches may be implemented in upper-division laboratory courses.
  Footnotes: *This work has been supported in part by the NSF under Grant No. DUE-0618185. 1. Physics by Inquiry, L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Wiley (1996).
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