The use of interactive engagement strategies to improve learning in introductory physics is not new, but have not been used as often for upper-division physics courses. We describe the development and implementation of a Studio Optics course for upper-division physics majors at Kansas State University. The course adapts a three-stage Karplus learning cycle and other elements to foster an environment that promotes learning through an integration of lecture, laboratories, and problem solving. Some of the instructional materials are described. We discuss the evaluation of the course using data collected from student interviews, a conceptual survey, an attitudinal survey, and the instructor’s reflections. Overall, students responded positively to the new format and showed modest gains in learning. The instructor’s experiences compared favorably with the traditional course that he had taught in the past.
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PAPERS| March 01 2011
Studio optics: Adapting interactive engagement pedagogy to upper-division physics
Christopher M. Sorensen;
Dyan L. McBride;
Christopher M. Sorensen, Dyan L. McBride, N. Sanjay Rebello; Studio optics: Adapting interactive engagement pedagogy to upper-division physics. Am. J. Phys. 1 March 2011; 79 (3): 320–325. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3535580
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