Promoting active learning in large classes using a classroom communication system

Jose P. Mestre, William J. Gerace, Robert J. Dufresne, William J. Leonard

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Abstract

We provide an overview of an instructional strategy aimed at promoting active learning in introductory physics courses. Although a classroom communication system called Classtalk was used to facilitate the interactions among students, and between the students and the instructor, the use of Classtalk is not essential for implementing the instructional strategies described herein. A major focus of this article is a discussion of the types of questions that we have found work well in generating group, and class-wide discussions of physics concepts. We also discuss the types of reasoning used by students to answer specific conceptual questions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages1019-1036
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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