Title page for ETD etd-07082010-121436

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Iverstine, Wiley
Author's Email Address wiverstine@centralcss.org
URN etd-07082010-121436
Title Application of Peer Instruction in the High School Seting
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Browne, Dana Committee Chair
Cherry, Michael Committee Member
Watkins, Steve Committee Member
  • motion
  • high school physics
  • response component
Date of Defense 2010-07-07
Availability unrestricted
This study investigates whether the response component of Peer Instruction can be successfully added to my normal classroom instruction creating higher gains in student conceptual understanding of force concepts. This action research is intended to analyze this goal for possible application in any regular high school Physics classroom, using myself as a case study. The Force Concept Inventory was used as a pretest/posttest determinate of the learning gains of 85 students spread through four regular Physics classes during the 2009-10 school year. Forty-Two of these students were used as an experimental group where the response component of Peer Instruction was added to regular classroom instruction. The balance of these students was used as a control group.

Statistically, it was not determined that there is a positive correlation between the response component of Peer Instruction and force concept learning gains, yet some positives for implementing Peer Instruction were observed. The communication developed between the students and myself, the transfer of focus to a more student-centered environment and the enhancement of cognitive analysis by the student were strong indicators for continued study.

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