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Richard Hake

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[math-learn] Re: Ashamed it is physicists and not learning scientists!
Posted: Jul 26, 2011 11:35 AM
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Some subscribers to Math-Teach and Math-Learn might be interested in
a discussion-list post "Re: Ashamed it is physicists and not learning
scientists!" [Hake (2011)].

The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: A NYT report on a "Science" article "Improved Learning in a
Large-Enrollment Physics Class" [Deslauriers, Schelew, & Wieman
(2011)] carried a remark by James Stigler: "the study is an important
step in a journey that is long overdue, given the vast shortcomings
of education as usual. I think that the authors are pioneers in
exploring and testing ways we can improve undergraduate teaching and
learning," he said. "As a psychologist, I'm ashamed that it is
physicists who are leading this effort, and not learning scientists."

Stigler's comment elicited this lament from physics education
research (PER) pioneer Robert Fuller: "Should someone at UCLA tell
Stigler that physicists have been doing this type of research at
least since Karplus and Arons in the 1960's?"

To access the complete 12 kB post please click on <>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

"Physics educators have led the way in developing and using objective
tests to compare student learning gains in different types of
courses, and chemists, biologists, and others are now developing
similar instruments. These tests provide convincing evidence that
students assimilate new knowledge more effectively in courses
including active, inquiry-based, and collaborative learning, assisted
by information technology, than in traditional courses."
- Wood & Gentile (2003)

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 24 July 2011.]
Hake, R.R. 2011. "Re: Ashamed it is physicists and not learning
scientists!" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at
<>. 25 Jul 2011 16:13:10 -0700 to AERA-L and
Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being
transmitted to various discussion lists and are also on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a provision for

Wood, W.B., & J.M. Gentile. 2003. "Teaching in a research context,"
Science 302: 1510; 28 November; an abstract is online at

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