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How do we know if we are doing a good job in physics teaching?
1.E. F. Redish, “Teaching Physics: Figuring Out What Works,” Phys. Today 52, 24–30 (January1999).
2.R. R. Hake, “Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses,” Am. J. Phys. 66, 64–74 (1998).
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4.E. F. Redish (private communication).
5.D. Bligh, What’s the Use of Lectures? (Jossey-Bass, 2000).
6.See Ref. 1. “Favorable” attitudes are, by definition, those that a group of expert physics instructors mutually agreed on at least 90% of the time.
7.M. Covington, Making the Grade: A Self-Worth Perspective on Motivation and School Reform (Cambridge U.P., Cambridge, 1992).
8.E. Seymour and N. M. Hewitt, Talking About Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences (Westview, 2000).
9.S. Tobias, They’re Not Dumb, They’re Different: Stalking the Second Tier (Science News Books, 1994).
10.For example, see “A Professor at Notre Dame Sparks a Quiet Revolution in How Chemistry is Taught,” in the May 25, 2001 Chronicle of Higher Education, which notes that the retention rate in introductory chemistry taught by Dennis Jacobs has been increased by 55%.
11.A number of anti-plagiarism Web sites exist, perhaps the largest being Turnitin.com, which checks about 6000 papers daily, and compares them to more than 2 billion web sites, according to an article in the June 11, 2001 issue of USA Today. More than 23% of papers tested by Turnitin turn out to have been plagiarized from the web.
12.J. Kruger and D. Dunning, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessment,” J. Pers Soc. Psychol. 77, 1121–1124 (1999).
13.See: http://www.aip.org/statistics for the Enrollment and Degrees Report.
14.“Balancing the Equation: Where Are Women and Girls in Science, Engineering and Technology,” National Council for Research on Women, 2001 Report.
15.NSF Program 01-82, “Assessment of Student Achievement in Undergraduate Education.”
16.R. Ehrlich, “Where Are the Physics Majors?,” Am. J. Phys. 66, 79–86 (1998);
16.R. Ehrlich, “Long-Term Trends in Physics Bachelor Degree Output,” Phys. Teach. 36, 12–17 (1998).
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