M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, E.F. Redish and the University of Maryland
Physics Education Research Group
To bring students into a culture of discussion and reasoning about
the physics, we promote a group learning environment where students
work on materials developed based on investigations into student learning
and effective curriculum design and instruction.
Tutorials are in-class worksheets guided by the findings of physics
education research. Students discuss the physics in groups during
Students are actively doing and discussing physics during class.
Interactions occur both between students with no facilitator present,
and with the facilitator who probes student thinking among the whole
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We are grateful to the National Science Foundation (grants DUE 9652877
and DUE 9455561) and the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education
(FIPSE grants 116B70186 and 116B000300) for partial funding support. Additional
support has been provided by The University of Maryland, The University of
Maine, and the City College of New York.