We are being asked to change the way we teach
What do we have to offer?
To do this...
Few currently do this
Why arenít we achieving our goals with non-physicists?
Some general results
The card test: version 1
The card test: version 2
Student responses depend on context: Problem 1
Student responses depend on context: Problem 2
Results of Problems 1 and 2
Getting students to know the right answer is not enough: Problem 3
Results of Problem 3
Getting students to solve algorithmic problems is not enough: Problem 4
Results and implications
How can we evaluate a functional understanding or "mental model"?
The Force Concept Inventory (FCI)
The results on the FCI are dismal.
The Hake plot
What kind of instructional models produce better conceptual gains?
Tutorials produced significantly higher gains than recitations
How can we improve the situation?
Many new effective instructional models are being developed
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