Interpretive themes in quantum physics : curriculum development and outcomes
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A common learning goal for modern physics instructors is for students to recognize a difference between the experimental uncertainty of classical physics and the fundamental uncertainty of quantum mechanics. Our prior work has shown that student perspectives on the physical interpretation of quantum mechanics can be characterized, and are differentially influenced by the myriad ways instructors approach interpretive themes in their introductory courses. We report how a transformed modern physics curriculum (recently implemented at the University of Colorado) has positively impacted student perspectives on quantum physics, by making questions of classical and quantum reality a central theme of the course, but also by making the beliefs of students (and not just those of scientists) an explicit topic of discussion.
Baily , C & Finkelstein , N D 2012 , Interpretive themes in quantum physics : curriculum development and outcomes . in N S Rebello , P V Engelhardt & C Singh (eds) , 2011 Physics Education Research Conference . AIP Conference Proceedings , vol. 1413 , American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, USA , pp. 107-110 , Physics Education Research Conference 2011 , Omaha, Nebraska , United States , 3-4 August . DOI: 10.1063/1.3680005conference
2011 Physics Education Research Conference
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