Special SLAM Seminar<br>What Are Students Learning, From What Activity, and Is That OK?<br><b>Speaker: Dave Pritchard (Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, MIT) </b>
Speaker: Dave Pritchard (Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, MIT)What knowledge are students learning? What instructional activities are they learning it from? What student habits are helpful or detrimental to learning? What learning do they remember at graduation? We must be able to answer these questions to have an informed discussion about our educational process. Our recent research, including educational data mining, begins to answer these questions. I will also describe a software tutor that really helps students learn.
Finally I shall address a key question - what do we really want students to learn? Given that most teachers want students to become more expert-like, I will describe a pedagogy, “Modeling Applied to Problem Solving” that has achieved this result. These studies were done in introductory college physics.
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