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With departments under threat for few majors, physicists say value isnt reflected in numbers | Inside Higher Ed October 16, 2013

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, teaching.
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With departments under threat for few majors, physicists say value isnt reflected in numbers | Inside Higher Ed.

 

If you needed an argument for why learner centered science education is important, this is it. Universities, (yes, universities) are closing physics departments due to low numbers of majors. So, how do physics departments ensure they have enough majors to stay open?

According to Carl Weiman, the SPIN-UP study he worked on showed that successful departments have faculty who take personal responsibility for recruiting and mentoring majors, and “use engaging teaching methods that inspire students to continue on to upper-level courses”.

So flip that boring old lecture you had planned! It might just save your job!

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