A Web-based Precision Teaching Approach to Undergraduate Physics
Adrian Thomas, Lamar Wilkinson, Louisiana Tech Univ., United States ; Jack Marr, Edward Thomas, Georgia Tech, United States ; Walter Buboltz, Louisiana Tech Univ., United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The current research involved an undergraduate electromagnetism course at a reputable engineering university with traditionally high levels of attrition. A team of physicists, psychologists, and computer scientists engaged in a five year project in an effort to improve student performance in the course. Based on an extensive task analysis of both expert and novice performers, poor performance was determined to result from a lack of fluency on lower-level skills involved in solving problems. Subsequently, an extensive series of web-based materials were developed based on the principles of precision teaching (Lindsley, 1972). The current research reviews the precision teaching approach in general. Then, in turn, the paper discusses the process of the development of the materials, the computer-based presentation of the materials, and the successful application of the materials at Georgia Tech. Finally, the advantages of using the web-based materials are discussed.
Thomas, A., Wilkinson, L., Marr, J., Thomas, E. & Buboltz, W. (2001). A Web-based Precision Teaching Approach to Undergraduate Physics. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2445-2450). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).