Date: Aug 28, 2013 11:19 AM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: Physics Education Research Mentioned in Article About Obama<br> Higher Ed Proposals

Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent post 
"Physics Education Research Mentioned in Article About Obama Higher
Ed Proposals" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: PhysLrnR's Bill Goffe, in his post "Re: PER Mentioned in
Article About Obama Higher Ed Proposals" pointed to the "Chronicle of
Higher Education" article "4 Key Ideas in Obama's Plan to Control
College Costs Bear Familiar Fingerprints" [Berrett et al. (2013)] at
<http://bit.ly/18dhj1F>. Therein Carl Wieman, Eric Mazur, and Richard
Hake are mentioned. In my opinion:

1. Berrett et al.'s claims that (a) Wieman and Mazur, are proponents
of the "flipped classroom," and (b) some of the earliest and
most-cited research on the flipped classroom was conducted by R.R.
Hake (1998a) - see "Interactive-engagement vs traditional methods: A
six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory
physics courses" at <http://bit.ly/9484DG>; rely on an overly broad
interpretation of the "flipped classroom" to mean "students
participate actively during class instead of listening passively."

2. Both claims "a" and "b" above are misleading to those who
entertain the usual meaning of "flipped classroom," succinctly set
forth by Andrea Zellner (2012) in "Flipping out? What you need to
know about the Flipped Classroom" at <http://bit.ly/14vMuHP>. She
wrote (my CAPS): "The flipped classroom flips this [traditional
passive-student lecture model] on its head: through lecture capture
software, LECTURES CAN BE CAPTURED ON VIDEO FOR STUDENTS TO WATCH AT
HOME, freeing up class time for hands-on learning activities and
discussion."
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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"People have nowadays . . . got a strange opinion that everything
should be taught by lectures. Now, I cannot see that lectures can do
so much good as reading the books from which the lectures are taken.
Lectures were once useful; but now, when we can all read, and books
are so numerous, lectures are unnecessary. "
- Samuel Johnson according to James Boswell (1791) [Samuel
Johnson doubtless rolls in his grave at the thought that in the 21st
Century *videos* are evidently replacing *reading*.]

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 27
August 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Physics Education Research Mentioned in Article
About Obama Higher Ed Proposals" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives
at <http://bit.ly/150Y0rk>. Post of 27 Aug 2013 18:40:06-0400to
AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are
being distributed to various discussion lists and are on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/15hvuAI> with a provision for
comment.