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The Quest to Improve the Teaching of Electricity in the St. Mark’s Introductory Physics Course

By Jacob Backon, STEM Faculty

 

The Quest to Improve the Teaching of Electricity in the St. Mark’s Introductory Physics Course

Abstract

In response to research indicating significant conceptual misunderstandings of basic electrical concepts, the physics teachers at St. Mark’s incorporated the CASTLE curriculum into the introductory physics course. Over the past few years this curriculum has met with two significant challenges: delivering efficient feedback in response to student model building, and the time it takes to move through the curriculum. Canvas modules were used to address these challenges, and a concept test was administered before and after instruction to gather data on the effectiveness of these techniques. Preliminary data with a very small sample size indicates the CASTLE curriculum and Canvas modules did result in higher scores on the concept test than data reported from a more traditional style of instruction. (more…)