- Many LMU students have weak scientific
reasoning skills and/ or naive views about learning. These cognitive skills
and epistemological views can significantly impact students' performance in
class. (Okay, we haven't established causality, only correlations, but the
cause & effect are plausible.)
- Even in classes that use interactive
techniques, these students struggle to learn physics.
- Teaching techniques and content
must be adjusted to meet the needs of our students. Since many students are
still concrete operational, abstract concepts, such as forces and energy,
need to be proceeded by concrete observations.
- We would greatly appreciate it
if you would consider administering some of the surveys and sharing your results
with us. (Email us if you would like the surveys and further information,
(This talk, and others
related to this research, can be found at http://myweb.lmu.edu/jphillips/PER.)