A practical application of Physics Education Research-informed teaching interventions in a first-year physics service course


  • Daria Ahrensmeier Simon Fraser University Teaching and Learning Centre (Zentrum für Hochschuldidaktik)




First-year physics service courses across North America typically face similar problems, such as the lack of math preparation of the incoming students, or the perception by the students that the course content is irrelevant for their future studies. It should be described how to apply changes informed by Physics Education Research, in particular the labatorial model, to such a course on a short time scale and under tight practical constraints. Examples for student activities are given, and the observations, challenges, and anticipated long-term benefits for the students as well as the department are pointed out.

Keywords: Physics Education Research, First year service course, Labatorials