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Students taught by a first-time instructor using active learning teaching strategies outperform students taught by a highly-regarded traditional instructor

  title={Students taught by a first-time instructor using active learning teaching strategies outperform students taught by a highly-regarded traditional instructor},
  author={Colin Scott Wallace and Edward E. Prather and John A. Milsom and Ken Johns and Srinivas Manne},
  journal={arXiv: Physics Education},
In this paper we put forth a model for physics course reform that uniquely uses proven, research-based active learning strategies to help students improve their physics knowledge and problem-solving skills. In this study, we compared the exam performance of students in two sections of the same introductory physics course. One section (the traditional section, N = 258) was taught by an instructor who is highly regarded for his lectures, but did not use any active learning teaching strategies… 

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