Pathways to increase problem solving skills, motivation and depth of knowledge in a first year physics course

Hensinger, Winfried (2000) Pathways to increase problem solving skills, motivation and depth of knowledge in a first year physics course. In: Effective Teaching and Learning at University, 2000, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

I will show how problem solving skills, motivation and depth of knowledge can be significantly increased by introducing a modified first year physics curriculum. This new curriculum consists of a series of educational interventions which can be applied in the frame-work and conditions of a standard Australian first year physics course. The problem context was a traditional first year physics course design. Students complained about a lack of motivation, and problem solving skills were not likely to be developed as well as they should be. The system unintentionally encouraged students to memorize knowledge and not necessarily to really understand the physics involved. A typical signature of this mechanism was the approach of many students to gain most of their skills a week before their exams rather than constructing them during the whole length of the course. I will introduce a series of educational interventions concerning assessment, learning inside and beyond the classroom as well as motivation, which I have applied and modified in the past two years. Outcomes, which will be discussed, indicate that these have successfully addressed the issues mentioned above. Furthermore I will also introduce some highly effective teaching evaluation schemes while critically evaluating some of the conventional ones.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Winfried Hensinger
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20020
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