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Department of Physics

Dr. Leslie Atkins Elliott
Boise State University
Leslie Atkins
 
Teaching for Transfer
102 Cardwell Hall
October 22, 2018
4:15 p.m. 
   
  

The overall goals of physics instruction are not gains on concept inventories or improved scores on surveys of epistemological beliefs — the bread-and-butter metrics for much of physics education research. While these measures provide evidence of science learning, they are proxies for the broader goal of developing scientifically literate citizens and scientists who transfer their physics knowledge outside of classroom settings. This talk describes a course with high incidence of transfer, explores what we mean by transfer, and why it can be so hard to achieve in traditional courses.