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Article by David Maloney published in “The Physics Teacher” magazine

The article “Teaching Critical Thinking: Sense-Making, Explanations, Language and Habits” by David Maloney, professor of physics, will be published in the October 2015 special issue of The Physics Teacher.

The article explores Maloney’s reflections on the challenges and necessary changes for presenting introductory material to an audience that engages and performs very differently from students a few years ago.

From the article’s abstract: “The conjunction of three events has encouraged me to devote significant time to thinking about the pedagogical framework in my introductory courses. The three events were: doing a workshop addressing the Advanced Placement restructuring of the Physics B course with a stronger focus on critical thinking, finding out that TPT was planning an issue about the “science and art” of teaching, and dealing with a course that I haven’t taught in about a decade, where the students behaved very differently from students in the same course in the past.”