Physics Education is a the new but growing field of physics education research that probes the following kinds of questions: what are student difficulties in understanding physics concepts, in generating solutions to problems, in understanding what it means to learn physics; what kinds of activities can be developed to help students overcome theses difficulties; and how do we assess the effectiveness of the curriculum? There are also those who are very interested in cognitive theories of how we learn, and what are the basic pieces of our understanding on which all else is built. My past work included the development and assessment of an integrated calculus/physics course with an active-learning environment. Current work explores students understanding and use of mathematics within physics courses as well as an investigation into the assessment of physics problem solving skills.
Professor: Dawn Meredith