red Supported Site University of Colorado at Boulder: Publications & Talks

PhysTEC programmatic summaries

Journal Publications ABOUT PhysTEC --- reviewed but not by PhysTEC authors

“A New Twist on Training Teachers.” J. Mervis, Science, 316, 1270-1277 (June 1, 2007).

"Colorado Also Seeks Impact on Campus," J. Mervis, Science, 316, 1276 (June 1, 2007).

Peer Reviewed Publications

"Reducing the gender gap in the physics classroom: How sufficient is interactive engagement?", S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, L. Kost, Phys Rev. ST-PER, 3, 010107 (2007).

"Preparing Graduate Students to be Educators" E. Price and N.D. Finkelstein, Am. J. of Physics. (in press)

"Who is Responsible for Preparing Science Teachers?" V.Otero, N.D. Finkelstein, R. McCray, and S. Pollock, Science. 313(5786), 445-446 (July 28, 2006).

"Sustaining Change: Instructor Effects in Transformed Large Lecture Courses." S. Pollock, N.D. Finkelstein. PERC Proceedings 2006.

"Evaluating a model of research-based practices for teacher preparation in a physics department: Colorado PhysTEC." N. D. Finkelstein, C. Turpen, S. Pollock, M. Dubson, S. Iona, C. Keller, and V. Otero. Proceedings of the 2005 PERC, AIP Press. Melville NY, 818, 3 (2006)

"Transferring transformations: Learning gains, student attitudes, and the impact of multiple instructors in large lecture classes." S. J. Pollock, PERC Proceedings 2005. (2006)

Popular Publications

"Graduating Educated Graduate Students", E. Price and N. Finkelstein, APS Fed Newsletter Spring 2006

"The Learning Assistant model for Teacher Education in Science and Technology", Valerie Otero, FED newsletter, summer 2006

"CU Physics Education, Recruiting and Preparing Future Physics Teachers and the Teacher Advisory Group.", Noah Finkelstein, Michael Dubson, Christopher Keller, Steven Pollock, Steve Iona, Valerie Otero. APS Fed Newsletter Spring 2005.

Related PhysTEC research: specific studies

Peer Reviewed Publications

"Strongly and Weakly Directed Approaches to Teaching Multiple Representation Use in Physics," P. Kohl, N.D. Finkelstein, D. Rosengrant, Physical Review.(in press)

"A new instrument for measuring student beliefs about physics and learning physics: the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey." W. K. Adams, K. K. Perkins, N. Podolefsky, M. Dubson, N. D. Finkelstein and C. E. Wieman. Phys. Rev ST: Phys. Educ. Res. 2, 1, 010101 (2006).

"High-Tech Tools for Teaching Physics: the Physics Education Technology Project," N.D. Finkelstein, W. Adams, C Keller, K Perkins, C Wieman and the PhET Team, J of Online Learn & Tching, 2,3, 109. (2006).

“The Perceived Value of College Physics Textbooks: Students and Instructors May Not See Eye to Eye” N.S. Podolefsky and N.D. Finkelstein, The Physics Teacher, 44(8), (2006).

"Use of analogy in learning physics: The role of representations” N.S. Podolefsky and N.D. Finkelstein, PhysRev: ST Phys Ed. Rsrch. 2, 020101 (2006).

“The Effects of representation on students solving physics problems: a fine-grained characterization” P. Kohl and N. Finkelstein, Physical Review: Spec Top. PER, 2, 010106 (2006).

“The effect of instructional environment on physics students’ representational skills,” P.B. Kohl and N.D. Finkelstein, Physical Review, Special Topics: Physics Education Research, 2,1,010102 (2006).

"Assessing the effectiveness of a computer simulation in conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics in undergraduate physics recitations," C.J. Keller, N.D. Finkelstein, K.K. Perkins, and S.J. Pollock, Proceedings of the 2005 PERC, AIP Press. Melville NY, 818, 3 (2006)

“Student representational competence, self-assessment, and problem solving in physics” P. Kohl and N.D. Finkelstein, Physical Review, Special Topics: Physics Education Research. 1, 010104 (2005).

“When learning about the real world is better done virtually: a study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment,” N D. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, W. Adams, K. Keller, P. Kohl, N. Podolefsky, S. Reid, and R. LeMaster, Physical Review, Special Topics: Physics Education Research, 1, 010103 (2005).

Talks: PhysTEC related / sponsored talks (Spring 06 – present)

V. Otero, N. Finkelstein, S. Pollock, P. Wolf, C. Fogle, "Transforming undergrad physics: the Colorado Learning Assistant program", Poster, PhysTEC conference spring 2007

S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, "Sustaining Educ. transformation in physics", Poster, PhysTEC conference spring 2007

N. Finkelstein, S. Pollock, M. Dubson, "Addressing Gender Disparity in Introductory Physics Courses: Are existing reforms enough?" A21.00003, talk at APS March Meeting, Denver CO 2007

S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, "Sustaining Educational Innovation: engaging traditional faculty in transformed practices", A21.00004 talk at APS March Meeting, Denver CO 2007

Noah Finkelstein & Steven Pollock, "Keeping a Good Things Going: What does sustaining reforms in physics mean?" poster at Winter 2007 AAPT meeting, Seattle WA

N. Finkelstein, S. Pollock, "Replicating of Reforms in a Large-scale Lecture Environment", talk at Winter 2007 AAPT meeting, Seattle WA

V. Otero, S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, P. Wolf, C. Fogle, "Transforming Undergraduate Physics: The Colorado Learning Assistant Program " poster for the NSBP (Nat'l Society for Black Physicists) in spring 2007

N. Finkelstein, "Educating Scientifically: Advances in Physics Education Research," Fermi National Accelerator Lab Colloquium, Batavia, IL, May 2007. [invited].

N. Finkelstein, "Applying Physics Education Research to the next generation of classroom practice" Department of Physics Colloquium, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Apr 2007. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "Advances in PER: New Directions and Findings in Physics Education" Physics Colloquium, University of Northern Colorado, CO, Apr 2007. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "Student Learning in Physics and the role of representation analogy and context," Institute for Cognitive Studies Colloquium, University of Colorado at Boulder, Mar 2007. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "The Role of Representations and Analogies in Solving Physics Problems," Joint Mtg of the Nat'l Society of Black Physicists and Nat'l Soc. of Hispanic Physicists, Boston MA, Feb 2007. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, " A Science of Science Education: studies of transforming undergraduate physics," Department of Physics Colloquium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Feb 2007. [invited]

C. Turpen, N. Finkelstein, and S. Pollock, "Sustaining Reform: A Qualitative Study of Professors Beliefs and Classroom Practices." AAPT National Meeting 2006. Poster

S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, "Sustainable and Scalable Reforms in Physics Education: Research Studies from Colorado PhysTEC". Invited Talk, March APS meeting, Texas, 2006

S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, "Educational Reforms in Introductory Physics at Colorado: Replicability? Sustainability?", poster for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Nov 2006

S. Pollock, "Building on a Base: Applying Physics Education Research to Physics Teaching", colloquium for CSU physics department, Fort Collins, Mar 2006

S. Pollock, "Building on a Base: Applying Physics Education Research to Physics Teaching", colloquium for Kansas University physics department, April 2006.

S. Pollock, "Replication and Sustainability of Reforms in Introductory Physics at CU", Poster: for AAPT conference on Achieving Systemic Changes in Physics Teaching at Leading Research Universities, College Park MD June 2-3 2006.

N. Finkelstein, "Colorado PhysTEC: improving undergraduate education and the future of K12 physics teaching," APS Executive Board Meeting and Capital Campaign, College Park, MD Nov 4. 2006. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "Learning Assistants, Course Transformation, and Discovery Learning in Physics," College of Natural Sciences New Faculty Teaching Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX, Oct 2006 [invited]

M. Cole and N.D. Finkelstein, "The Design of Out of School Educational Activities" National Academy of Education, Fellows Retreat and Annual Meeting, Boulder CO, Oct 2006. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "Researching Reform: studies of transforming undergraduate physics," Departmental Colloquium, Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Oct 2006 [invited]

N. Finkelstein, P. Kohl and N. Podolefsky "Representation, Analogy, and Solving Physics Problems," Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting, Syracuse, NY, Jul 2006 [invited]

K. Perkins and N.D. Finkelstein, "Assessing Virtual Environments," Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting, Syracuse, NY, Jul 2006 [invited]

M. Dancy and N.D. Finkelstein, "Breaking the Paradigm: Working from a Sociopolitical-Critical Perspective," Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting, Syracuse, NY, Jul 2006 [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "Learning Virtually: examining the potential of computer simulations in learning E/M," Gordon Conference on Phys. Educ. Research, Mount Holyoke, MA, Jun 2006. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "Colorado PhysTEC and The Learning Assistant Model for Transforming Undergraduate Science Education," AAPT Annual Chair's Meeting, Washington DC, Jun 2006. [invited]

N. Finkelstein, " Reconsidering Tools and Contexts of Student Learning" NAS/NSF Invitational Workshop, Reconsidering the Textbook, Washington DC, May 2006 [invited]

N. Finkelstein, "New Tools, Traditional Contexts: Examining the potential of computer simulations for undergraduate education," PER Sem. Series, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 2006 [invited]

V. Otero & the STEM Colorado/PhysTEC Team. "Who is Responsible for Recruiting and Preparing Science Teachers?" Presented at Texas State University, San Marcos, December, 2006 [invited].

V. Otero & the STEM Colorado/PhysTEC Team. "Who is Responsible for Recruiting and Preparing Science Teachers?" Presented at the Northwest regional meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Seattle WA, November 2006 [invited].

V. Otero "The Colorado Learning Assistant Model: A multidisciplinary approach to teacher recruitment and preparation." Presented at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Education, October 20-21, 2006 [invited].

V. Otero & The STEM Colorado/PhysTEC Team (2006). "The Colorado Learning Assistant Model: A multidisciplinary approach to teacher recruitment and preparation." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, Dallas, TX, March 2006 [invited].

Workshops

Nuts and Bolts of Designing a Pedagogy Course for Learning Assistants. V. Otero and S. Iona. At the annual meeting of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, Boulder, CO. March 1-3, 2007.

The University of Colorado Learning Assistant Model. V. Otero and S. Pollock. At the annual meeting of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, Boulder, CO. March 1-3, 2007.

"Attending to More than Content Mastery: assessing student Attitudes and Beliefs in our classrooms" Noah Finkelstein, Wendy Adams, Katherine Perkins, and Steven Pollock, PhysTEC conference spring 2007

"The role of data in systemic change", S. Pollock, K. Perkins, Workshop for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Nov 2006

"Reconceptualizing Recitation", "Clickers in the Large Classroom", "CLASS: Attending to more than Content Mastery", S. Pollock, Set of 3 workshops for the Center for Teaching Excellence, Kansas University, April 2006.

"Attending to More than Content Mastery: Assessing Student Attitudes and Beliefs in our Classrooms", S. Pollock, workshop presented for the ASMCUE (American Society of Microbiologists: Conference for Undergraduate Educators)" conference:, May 19-21 2006 (Orlando, FL)

"Undergraduate Learning Assistants: A Powerful Way to Improve Student Learning and Recruit Future Teachers." V. Otero, G. Stewart, and S. Vokos. At the annual meeting of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, Fayetteville, AR, March 24-25, 2006.

"STEM Colorado Workshop for K-12 Teachers, Noyce Fellows, and University Faculty." V. Otero, S. Iona, S. Pollock, N. Finkelstein, M. Dubson. Held annually (since 2003) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, June 14-16, 2006.

"Physics for Elementary Teachers: A workshop for physics faculty." V. Otero, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Syracuse, NY, July 22-26, 2006.