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EG02:

Teaching Physics Using and Misusing Groups
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:45 PM -2:15 PM
  Author: Kenneth Heller
School of Physics and Astronomy/University of Minnesota
612 6247314, heller@physics.umn.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Teaching physics has always involved students working in groups. In labs students traditionally worked together, usually in groups of two. Students often formed study groups outside of class to do difficult assignments or study for high-stakes tests. Today, many research-validated modes of teaching depend on students working together. There is even a continuing pressure from employers to graduate students who have the skills to collaborate productively. Nevertheless, many teachers and students do not have beneficial experiences when classes involve group work. This talk will outline the utility of group work based on research-backed learning theory and discuss some common practices that can enhance or destroy that utility.
  Footnotes: None
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