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Western Michigan University

Introduction
Goals & Outcomes
Recruitment
Teacher-In-Residence
Course Reform
Induction & Mentoring
Collaboration
Early Teaching Experience
Publications & Talks
Faculty
Demographics

Contact

Marcia Fetters
Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
marcia.fetters@wmich.edu
269/387-3538

Al Rosenthal
Associate Professor of Physics
alvin.rosenthal@wmich.edu
269 387-4952

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Western Michigan has focused its PhysTEC efforts on reforming its introductory course sequence, recruiting additional majors and minors, and preparing their teaching graduates to use interactive methods. As at many institutions, faculty adoption of course reforms has been uneven, and as a result, the PIs have been able to gather data to show convincingly that interactive courses yield higher gains on concept assessments than do traditionally taught courses. Western Michigan project leaders also reports that although they did not set out with this goal, they have “built a community of physics teachers composed of preservice teachers, novice teachers, and experienced local teachers of physics.”

Site Leaders

Marcia Fetters Marcia Fetters
Charles Henderson Charles Henderson

Teachers-in-Residence

Dale Freeland (2002-2003) Dale Freeland (2002-2003)
Gene Wood (2003-2004) Gene Wood (2003-2004)
Bill Semrau (2004-2005) Bill Semrau (2004-2005)
Drew Isola (2005-2007) Drew Isola (2005-2007)
Kathy Mirakovits (Spring 2011) Kathy Mirakovits (Spring 2011)