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Department of Physics

Eleanor Sayre

Eleanor SayreProfessor
329 Cardwell Hall
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Ph.D. University of Maine, 2007

Research Area

Physics Education Research
  • Improving and extending theoretical bases for physics education research
  • Investigating the interplay between physics and mathematics understanding
  • Learning and forgetting in introductory physics classes
  • Developmental trends for pre-service physicists
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods education research

Research Support

  • National Science Foundation
  • American Council for International Education

Graduate Advisees

  • Jessy Changstrom, PhD
  • Shams El-Adawy, PhD
  • Christopher Hass, PhD
  • Katelynn Hubenig, PhD
  • Hien Khong, PhD
  • Brandi Lohman, PhD

Recent Selected Publications

Tra Huynh, Adiran M. Madsen, Sarah B. McKagan, and Eleanor C. Sayre, E. (2021), "Building personas from phenomenography: a method for user-centered design in education", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. link

Sophia Jeon, Natasha G. Holmes, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Scott Franklin (2021). An Interplay of Problem-Solving Modes and Authority: Framework for Equitable Collaboration in Undergraduate Physics Labs. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 939-940). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences. [link]

Sarah B. McKagan, Linda E. Strubbe, Lyle J. Barbato, Bruce A. Mason, Adrian M. Madsen, and Eleanor C. Sayre (2020). PhysPort Use and Growth: Supporting Physics Teaching with Research-based Resources Since 2011. The Physics Teacher 58, 465. [link]

Linda E. Strubbe, Adrian M. Madsen, Sarah B. McKagan, and Eleanor C. Sayre (2020). Beyond teaching methods: Highlighting physics faculty’s strengths and agency. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16, 020105. [link]

Adrian Madsen, Sarah B. McKagan, and Eleanor C. Sayre (2020). Best Practices for Administering Attitudes and Beliefs Surveys in Physics. The Physics Teacher 58, 90. [link]

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