Below are a variety of research interests which, as mentioned on my disclaimer page, are intertwined with both my teaching and community based projects. Thus, I take seriously the university's mission to pursue excellence in research, teaching and community service. Then again, what do I know?
1 page summary of research interestes and direction of current research (from summer 2004)
alternately, you can read the nitty gritty details in my proposal for NSF CAREER Fellowship (running 2005-2009).
Sorted by topic or by date
Theoretical studies of what it means to learn (physics) in context.
These musings are the first steps in unraveling the question, why is it that teaching is such an effective way of learning?
"Learning physics in context: a study of student learning about electricity and magnetism" (to appear) in the International Journal of Science Education. abstract or full piece (in pdf)
"Student representational competence, self-assessment, and problem solving in physics" with P. Kohl (to appear) PhysRev Special Topics: PER abstract or full paper
"Representational Format, Student Choice, and Problem Solving in Physics," with Pat Kohl, PERC Proceedings 2004. abstract or full piece
"Context in the Context of Physics and Learning," PERC Proceedings 2001, PERC Publishing, Rochester, NY July 2001, pp 1-4. (full piece in PDF)
Creation of model environments which promote learning physics and education instruction
"Replicating and Understanding Successful Innovations: Implementing Tutorials in Introductory Physics" with S.J. Pollock to appear PhysRev Special Topics: PER abstract full paper
"Teaching and learning physics: A model for coordinating physics instruction, outreach, and research"
(September 2004) in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning-abstract or full piece in PDF
"When the Classroom Isn’t in School: The Construction of Scientific Knowledge in an After-School Setting" with Margaret A. Gallego. in “Establishing Scientific Classroom Discourse Communities: Multiple Voices of Research on Teaching and Learning” Edited by Randy Yerrick and Wolff-Michael Roth, Lawrence Erlbaum 2004.
"Coordinating Physics and Education Instruction," in Journal of College Science Teaching, Sept 2003. abstract or full piece
Studies of student learning in university courses
"When learning about the real world is better done virtually: a study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment," with K. Perkins, W. Adams, K. Keller, P. Kohl, R. LeMaster, N. Podolefsky, S. Reid to appear PhysRev Special Topics: PER abstract or full paper
"PhET: Interactive Simulations for Teaching and Learning Physics " with K. Perkins, W. Adams, K. M. Dubson, R. LeMaster, N. Podolefsky, S. Reid and C. Wieman The Physics Teacher (to appear) abstract ( email me for full paper)
"Can Computer Simulations Replace Real Equipment in Undergraduate Laboratories?" with K. K. Perkins, W. Adams, P. Kohl, and N. Podolefsky, PERC proceedings 2004. abstract or full piece in PDF
"The Design and Validation of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey" with W. K. Adams, K. K. Perkins, M. Dubson, and C. E. Wieman. PERC proceedings 2004. abstract or full piece
"Correlating Student Attitudes With Student Learning Using The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey" with K. K. Perkins, W. K. Adams, S. J. Pollock, and C. E. Wieman. PERC proceedings 2004. abstract or full piece.
Reformed laboratories for algebra based physics. Revised labs and studies. with Chris Keller. full piece (warning -- this is 4MB)
Physics 1 Laboratories Reformed, Physics Education Research Group, UCSD, technical report. (to be posted).
(student paper) The Effects of Classroom Structure on Student Learning in Introductory Physics M Polityka. Physics Department, U.C. San Diego
Studies of institutional organizations and how these structures shape educational environments
"Seeding Change: The Challenges of Transfer and Transformation of Educational Practice and Research in Physics (Part I)" with Edward Price. PERC Proceedings 2004. abstract or full piece
"Seeding Change: The Challenges of Transfer and Transformation of Educational Practice and Research in Physics (Part II)" with Edward Price. PERC Proceedings 2004. abstract or full piece
(student thesis) "Examining Teacher Expectations about Physics Homework" Heather Demarest, honors thesis, department of physics Spring 2004. abstract or full text
"Bridging Critical Points:discontinuities in high school and university physics education" PERC proceedings 2003. abstract or full text.
"Educational (dis)continuities:coordinating physics instruction in pre-college and university" Paper presented at the Enrico Fermi Summer School on Research in Physics Education, Varenna, Italy July 2003. (unpublished) abstract or full text
"Who Cares About Postdocs Anyway? Evaluating the National Science Foundation's Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education," with Julie Libarkin. LCHC technical report 2002-XXXX. abstract or full document
"Theory and Practice of Combining, School, Community, and University to Promote Physics," with Omar Clay. A talk presented at the Center for Research in Educational Equity Assessment and Teaching Excellence at UCSD, April 2002
Some of my not all too distant work in laser physics and spectroscopy:
"High Signal-to-Noise Detection of Rotational Raman-Scattering Through Refluorescent and Dispersive Atomic Filters,"with R.B. Miles, Z. Tang, S.Zaidi, and A. Yalin in Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Nikolai Ivanovich Koroteev Special Memorial Issue, 31(8-9) Sept 13, 2000.
"A Dispersion Filter for Spectral and Spatial Resolution of Pure Rotational Raman Scattering," withA.P. Yalin, and R.B. Miles, in Optics Letters, 23 (20), Oct 15, 1998.
"Frequency-locked light scattering: real-time Doppler velocimetry with closed-loop feedback control," with J.H. Grinstead, and W.R. Lempert, in Applied Optics, 37 (9), 1617, March 20, 1998Applied Optics, 37 (9), 1617, March 20, 1998
Student work (undergraduate):
J Price: Senior Year Independent Study (2005):
Physics Educations Technology in an International Baccalaureate/ Advanced Placement High School Classroom full text
H Demarest: Suma Cum Laude Honors Thesis in Physics (2004):
Examining Teacher Expectations about Physics Homework" Heather Demarest, honors thesis, department of physics Spring 2004. abstract or full text
M Polityka: AAPT National Award Winner of the Lotze Prize (2002):
The Effects of Classroom Structure on Student Learning in Introductory Physics
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