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July 30-August 3, 2011
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Adopt, Adapt, or Abandon? Instructors' Decisions to Use Research-based Materials
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:50 AM -9:00 AM
  Author: Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado - Boulder
  Co-Author(s): Rachel E. Pepper , Steven J Pollock , Katherine K Perkins
  Abstract: Physics education researchers often develop materials for classroom use. Instructors then choose which of those materials they would like to implement. We present a case study of University of Colorado's transformed junior E&M course. After the transformation work in Sp/Fa 2008, four subsequent instructors of this course decided which materials -- such as tutorials, clicker questions, or use of documented student difficulties -- to use. Based on detailed interviews of those instructors, we examine what was and was not sustained, and discuss aspects of the course materials that enabled sustainability across instructors. We also present examples of less successful implementation that provide useful feedback on the use of PER-based resources -- both for educational researchers and for the instructors making use of these instructional techniques.
  Footnotes: All junior level resources are available at This work was funded by CU?s Science Education Initiative and the National Science Foundation Grant No. 0737118.
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