Many instructors fear that switching from lecture to active learning will result in worse student evaluations. That doesn’t appear to be the case. Continue reading Will I get worse student evaluations if I switch to active learning? Probably not.
Yep, women who perform the same as men perform don’t feel they are as capable of doing physics. Continue reading Who feels more capable of doing physics: women with “A”s or men with “C”s? The answer probably won’t surprise you.
The GRE: great at acting as a barrier to underrepresented groups, not so good as a predictor of completing graduate school. Continue reading The GRE: what is it good for?
Physics is less diverse than other physical sciences. Do graduate school admission processes contribute to this? Continue reading What matters when applying to graduate school and how it impacts diversity
Labs have been a standard part of the physics curriculum. Today’s paper suggests that labs don’t help students develop physics knowledge beyond what is already covered in other parts of the course. Continue reading Extra! Extra! Physics labs seem to be extra.
Student evaluations of instruction are widely used to evaluate instructors. Today’s article suggests these are not correlated with student learning. Continue reading The lack of a relation between student learning and student evaluations
What are the demographics of future physics teachers & are any of those characteristics associated with their performance on certification exams? Continue reading Who wants to be physics teacher?
Active learning methods are thought to be more costly to implement than traditional lectures. Is this common belief actually the case and if so, what does that mean for their implementation? Continue reading The Price of Active Learning