Pedagogy

Topic Description Author Format
The axis of rotation for rolling motion Analysing and teaching about the actual axis of rotation for a rolling object. June 2015). (524k) David M. Harrison pdf
Blackboards, PowerPoint, and Tablet PCs in the Classroom Three case studies of the delivery of visual information in the classroom. Much of the discussion is guided by the results of research into the study of eye movements when subjects are reading. December 2005. (390k) Jason Harlow, David M. Harrison and Ruxandra Serbanescu pdf
Classroom Examples and Precious Class Time Using a Tablet PC to deliver examples and problem solutions on the web as an alternative to doing them in class. David M. Harrison pdf
Clickers: A study of Classroom Response System use at the University of Toronto An examination of the use of classrom response systems in various lecture-based course at the University of Toronto. Over 30 U of T instructors were interviewed about their use of clickers in classes with a total enrolment of over 5,000 students. Students in these classes were also surveyed about their perception of the value of this technology. Jason Harlow, Lena Paulo Kushnir, Charly Bank, Scott Browning, Jim Clarke, Anne Cordon, David Harrison, Karen Ing, Cecilia Kutas, and Ruxandra Serbanescu pdf
Cognitive reflection and physics student performance Issues of intuitive versus reflective cognitition and the relation to physics student performance. (2016, 2.2M) David M. Harrison pdf
Compressed-Format Compared to Regular-Format In a First Year University Physics Course Comparing as 6-week summer version to a 12-week fall version of a first year physics course for life science students. (2013, 512k) Jason J.B. Harlow, David M. Harrison, and Eli Honig pdf
Computers: General Issues The Personal Fonemate & Other Cautionary Tales, a discussion of appropriate and inapproriate uses of computers in teaching. This is the text of a paper delivered to the 22nd International Conference on Improving University Learning and Teaching, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 1997. (43k) David M. Harrison pdf
Computers: Solving the Pendulum The Physical Pendulum in an Advanced Undergraduate Course in Mechanics, a paper that appeared in the journal Computers in Physics 8, 416-419 (1995). It discusses studies of the pendulum and computer algorithms to solve the equations of the pendulum. (69k) Solomon C. Douglas, David M. Harrison and Theodore G. Shepherd pdf
Correlating student interest and high school preparation with learning and performance in an introductory university physics course We studied the correlation of student performance in a large 1st year university physics course with motivation for taking the course and whether or not the student took a senior-level high-school physics course. Performance was measured both by the Force Concept Inventory and by the marks on the Final Examination. (2012) Jason J.B. Harlow, David M. Harrison, and Andrew Meyertholen pdf
The development of a laboratory data analysis curriculum for physics and engineering students. Techniques from physics education research are used to design, implement, and evaluate a curriculum module for data analysis in a third and fourth year undergraduate physics laboratory. (408k) David F. Wong pdf
Effective Teams for Collaborative Learning in an Introductory University Physics Course We compared teams sorted by student ability to teams with students of mixed ability, comparted teams with 3 students to teams with 4 students, and examined female students in teams with only one female student and the rest male. (1.6M) Jason. J.B. Harlow, David M. Harrison, and Andrew Meyertholen pdf

Factors correlated with students’ scientific reasoning ability in an introductory university physics course

We examined correlations in student performance on Lawson's Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning with factors related to the students, their background, and their reason for taking an introductory university physics course. June 2014 (777k) David M. Harrison pdf
The Force Concept Inventory and Adult Learners html pdf A small report on the performance of a small group of adult learners on the Force Concept Inventory diagnostic instrument. (html 10k, pdf 21k) David M. Harrison html and pdf
An Introduction to Physics Education Research A very brief introduction to Physics Education Research and how the results of the research are used in physics teaching. January 2010. (24k) David M. Harrison html
Innovative Teaching Techniques and U.S.-Developed Materials A report on using U.S.-developed materials for innovative teaching techniques in introductory Physics courses. January 2005. (52k) David M. Harrison and Stephen W. Morris pdf
Information Delivery via the Web and in the Classroom How Does the Delivery of Information Help Students to Learn?, a discussion of the delivery of information both via the web and in the classroom. (63k) David M. Harrison pdf
Laboratory Experiments, On Good and Bad Ones An analysis of a survey of first year Physics lab students asking about the best and worst experiments they performed (34k) David M. Harrison and Ruxandra M. Serbanescu pdf
On Resistance to Implementing Physics Education Research Results in Physics Courses A brief note of personal observation and opinion on the resistance of many physics teachers to implementing research-based pedagogy in their classes. (2013, 150k) David M. Harrison pdf
Personality types and student performance in an introductory physics course A study of the correlation between personality types as measured by the True Colors test instrument and student performance in a large introductory physics course primarily of life science majors. (2017, 2.6M) J.J.B. Harlow, D.M. Harrison, M. Justason, A. Meyertholen, and B. Wilson pdf
Perspectives on modern reformed pedagogy from the history of science, psychology, and the performing arts A "screed" attempting to tie together some diverse and unusual elements and the implications for pedagogy. (2016, 285k) David M. Harrison pdf
Physics Education Research - A Comprehensive Study An overview of PER and a small study of first year students. May 2005. (515k) Jonathan Hillel pdf
Physics Practicals A progress report on the development of new Physics Practicals for 1st Year Physics instruction (350k) David M. Harrison pdf
Studying Physics Advice to first year University students on studying Physics. (300k) David M. Harrison pdf
Team Teaching A report of a survey of 50 courses at the University of Toronto that have more than one instructor. Melody Neumann et al. pdf
Team Teaching Survey A followup on the Team Teaching document just above, this report includes surveys of students on their attitudes towards Team Teaching. Melody Neumann et al. pdf
Testing Test Design, a small document of opinion and observation relating to tests and exams. (11k) David M. Harrison html
Textbook Use in the Sciences and Its Relation to Course Performance A study of how students use their textbook and how that correlates with performance in the course in 12 undergraduate science courses. Michelle French et al. pdf
Threshold Concepts in Physics A discussion of threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge in undergraduate physics courses. David. M Harrison and Ruxandra Serbanescu pdf
Tutorial Attendance and Student Performance A study of the correlation between tutorial attendance and final marks for two Physics courses. May, 2006. (24k) David M. Harrison pdf
The Uncertainty of Grades in Physics Courses Is Surprisingly Large A study of the uncertainty in test, final exam, and course marks. (2013, 201k) David M. Harrison pdf

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