A few of the highlights from PER...

 

Assessment tools

 

Normalized Gain (G)


One way to gauge students' improvement over the course of a semester.

Examples:

  • A student with a prescore of 20%, and a postscore of 60% would have a G of 0.50.
  • A student with a prescore of 50% and a postscore of 75% would also have a G of 0.50.

 

 

Dick Hake published one of the first analysis of FCI results from colleges & high schools. One of his findings was that "interactive" courses, no matter what techniques were used, yielded higher gains than "traditional" courses.1

 

Classroom Materials

Many hands-on, and heads-on, research-based materials have been developed and tested.

 

 

Even the physical environment has been questioned, and redesigned. Workshop physics is a prime example of this as students work in small clusters, and the room often has no "front."

 

We have even reconfigured our primary physics classroom to accommodate a variety of instruction methods. If you're interested, you should stop by Seaver 101 some time to see a different way of configuring a classroom.

 

 

  1. R. Hake, "Interactive-engagement vs traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses" American Journal of Physics 66, 64-74 (1998)