AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 58 Astronomy Education Research
Poster, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 10:00am-7:00pm, Ballroom

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[58.01] The Use of Personal Responder Devices to Assess Student Understanding, and Student Beliefs About Their Effectiveness, in Astro 101

G. Brissenden, E.F.C. Doktor, E.E. Prather, J.C. Antonellis, P. Richwine (University of Arizona)

The Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team at the University of Arizona has been conducting an investigation into the use of wireless, personal responder devices in the large enrollment, non-science majors, introductory astronomy course (Astro 101). We describe how these responders are being used to assess student understanding of concepts in astronomy after traditional lecture and after they engage in learner-centered activities. In addition, we present preliminary data suggesting that students find the use of these responders beneficial to their understanding of course concepts, contributes to their exam grades, and contributes to their interest in course topics.

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