Astro 101: Rethinking the goals
Some Astro 100 goals
What has been learned: Extracting the core
The Population Involved
A Theoretical Frame
Key results from cognitive education research
1. Learning is productive / constructive.
Physical reasoning maps primitive elements onto specific situations
2. Knowledge is associative / linked
Organization of Long-Term Memory: Schemas
3. The cognitive response is context dependent.
"A set of four 3x5..."
"You are acting as bouncer..."
A small problem:
What is 3 ½ divided by ¼?
An example from astronomy
4. Most people require
some social interactions
in order to learn effectively.
Tying it all together: Expectations and Frames
Expectations and Frames
Beyond Content: Expectations and Attitudes
The MPEX Survey
Overall Results: Large Universities (M)
the Reality Cluster:
Reality Cluster: Large Universities
Research-Based Instructional Methods
Some instructional implications
New Instructional Methods
Elements in Research-Based Curricula
The UW Tutorial Model
Do they work?
Teaching for growth:
Using student resources effectively
Learning to Learn*
Preliminary Results in a Large Class
Conceptual and attitudinal gains using “learning-to-learn” techniques
What about implementation? What’s hard?
Building a community