Research

Our coordinated research efforts span multiple perspectives on the teaching and learning in the context of physics. Research to describe and evaluate the impacts of reformed teaching practices creates models of effective practice that can be implemented in other situations. Further, by engaging in research on fundamental elements of learning we contribute to the understanding of processes, practices and characteristics that promote learning.

Our research includes investigations of impacts of Modeling Instruction, creating and sustaining reformed learning environments, role of language in understanding physics, engaging teaching assistants in teaching for understanding, development of self-efficacy, the nature of expertise in physics and the negotiation of reformed learning environments. These varied efforts also utilize both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Research projects are ever evolving and as our research evolves, we are continually seeking opportunities for collaboration.