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Florida International University

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

2011

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Moving Toward Change: Institutionalizing Reform Through Implementation Of The Learning Assistant Model And Open Source Tutorials, Renee Michelle Goertzen, Eric Brewe, Laird H. Kramer, Leanne Wells, David Jones Sep 2011

Moving Toward Change: Institutionalizing Reform Through Implementation Of The Learning Assistant Model And Open Source Tutorials, Renee Michelle Goertzen, Eric Brewe, Laird H. Kramer, Leanne Wells, David Jones

Department of Teaching and Learning

Florida International University has undergone a reform in the introductory physics classes by focusing on the laboratory component of these classes. We present results from the secondary implementation of two research-based instructional strategies: the implementation of the Learning Assistant model as developed by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Open Source Tutorial curriculum developed at the University of Maryland, College Park. We examine the results of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) for introductory students over five years (n=872) and find that the mean raw gain of students in transformed lab sections was 0.243, while the mean ...