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Professor of Physics, specialist of Interactive Learning, invited by EU-HOU

 Alexander L. Rudolph, Professor of Physics at the California State Polytechnic University ("Cal Poly Pomona"), USA, has been invited in France by EU-HOU.

Prof. Rudolph is a specialist in Interactive Learning, using research to promote student understanding in the science classroom.

He is visiting France invited at Paris Observatory by LERMA laboratory. He had fruitful discussions with EU-HOU Satff and many suggestions about the website and published exercises.

 

Decades of research in Physics and Astronomy Education have shown that traditional lecture is not very effective in promoting true conceptual understanding among students in science classes. Interactive Learning Strategies, based on research into students' beliefs and reasoning difficulties, are designed to promote active engagement by students in the classroom.

Considerable research has shown that supplementing traditional instruction with these research-based, learner-centered activities helps students make impressive conceptual gains over traditional instruction.

 

  • Selected A.L. Rudolph Publications:

A National Study Assessing the Teaching and Learning of Introductory Astronomy. Part II. The Connection between Student Demographics and Learning
Rudolph, A.L., Prather, E.E. , Brissenden, G., Consiglio, D. & Gonzaga*, V., Astronomy Education Review, 9, 1 (2010)
reprint (pdf file)

 
Teaching and Learning Astronomy in the 21st Century
Prather, E.E. , Rudolph, A.L., & Brissenden, G., Physics Today, 62 (10), 41 (2009)
reprint (pdf file)
 
A National Study Assessing the Teaching and Learning of Introductory Astronomy. Part I. The Effect of Interactive Instruction
Prather, E.E. , Rudolph, A.L., Brissenden, G., & Schlingman, W.M., Am. J. Phys., 77 (4), 320 (2009)
reprint (pdf file)