We still have a couple openings for this summer (2019) -- apply now!
We are looking for undergraduates who are interested in how students learn and interact with one another in college classrooms. Our work has two main focuses: (1) creating software tools to support teamwork and project-based learning, and (2) creating curricular materials for physics courses and analyzing their effectiveness. Potential projects include:
- collaboration to create software that incentivizes positive group learning experiences
- collaboration to create software for peer grading
- analysis of student responses on physics assignments to identify areas of confusion
- creation of curriculum materials, includin introducing students to physics education ideas
Previous research experience is not required. We encourage you to apply if you are enthusiastic about studying the learning process in physics!
Software to help with group learning. This project requires no previous research experience. This project is suitable for students to develop programming skills in a real-world context with little or no programming experience. We are currently looking for 2-3 students to join one such project this summer, so apply ASAP if you are interested!
Curriculum creation and analysis. This project requires no previous research experience. Students will work on a team to create curriculum materials about physics research, cognitive science, and education research. They will also design evaluation tools to measure the success of their curriculum and analyze the results using various techniques (both qualitative and statistical). We are currently looking for 2-3 students to join this summer, so apply ASAP if you are interested!
Introduction to qualitative coding. This project requires no previous research experience. Students will review physics answers and categorize responses by the kinds of mistakes made. We will then do a statistical analysis of the results, in which students will have the opportunity to develop some programming and statistical knowledge. We are currently looking for 2 students to join this summer, so apply ASAP if you are interested!
Students working on software projects will work on a team to code, document, and test education software.
Students creating curriculum will review literature, relevant existing curriculum, and adapt or create new materials.
Students analyzing the effectiveness of curricular materials will learn applicable techniques in quantitative / statistical analysis and qualitative analysis (to analyze free-form responses).
5-12 hours per week
No other requirements.
Programming experience may be helpful for some projects, but is not required.
All students (first year through final year) are welcome. You are encouraged to apply even if you are in the 7-series!
Laura Tucker, Frederick Reines Hall 4154, email@example.com