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Departmental Colloquium

Implementing and Sustaining Curricular Reform in a Large Introductory Physics Course at Georgia Tech  
Guest Speaker
Dr. Mike Schatz  
Guest Affiliation
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Physics  
Dr. Craig Wiegert  
Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Physics 202  

A novel physics curriculum, Matter and Interactions (M&I), was introduced into Georgia Tech engineering physics courses in Summer 2006; today the curriculum is taught to approximately one thousand students each semester.  We will highlight some key issues associated with implementing the M&I curriculum. We will also describe efforts to measure the new curriculum's impact using both standardized assessment tools (concept inventories) and in-depth student interviews (think-aloud protocol studies).  The presentation will highlight barriers to implementing and to sustaining reform curricula in university physics courses.