Faculty


Ken Heller

The research of this group has led to the development of problems that facilitate the learning of problem solving skills (Context-rich problems), a peer coaching pedagogy using a cooperative group framework (Cooperative problem solving), a problem solving framework for the use of students, a laboratory style that emphasizes problem solving, a program of educating and supporting teaching assistants, and computer problem solving coaches. The group also develops research methodology such as techniques to effectively determine the goals of non-physics faculty for physics courses, the interactions of individuals solving problems in groups, and techniques to determine the beliefs and values of physics faculty teaching introductory physics.

Our research uses a systems approach to examine the components of a physics course and they fit into STEM education as a whole.

Our research uses a systems approach to examine the components of a physics course and they fit into STEM education as a whole.