Research based teaching and use of clickers in classroom: A case study

SAPNA SHARMA, St. Bede’s College Shimla, India
P.K. AHLUWALIA, Himachal Pradesh University, India

Purpose: Researchers have found that there is a regular decline in the number of students in science in general and physics in particular. They recommend that there is a need to transform both content as well as traditional teaching-learning technique. The noticeable learning gaps among students studying in BSc third year motivated the authors to look out for alternative innovative methods of teaching.

Design/Methodology/Approach: In this paper, the Clickers technology (electronic audience response systems) has been used after blending with research based teaching strategies like peer instruction, for teaching solid state physics course for identifying the prevailing misconceptions/learning gaps among students studying in BSc third year.

Findings: It has been observed that the use of clickers has promoted the active learning, engaged students more than traditional class room environment and also helped them to enhance their learning performance.

Originality/Value: This paper assumes importance as a lot of research has been done in Physics Education Research (PER) in the West. However, there is hardly any research done in India at undergraduate level in this field especially in solid state physics.

Keywords: clickers; peer instruction; active learning.

Outlook 2015 - Sharma.pdf
Outlook 2015 - Sharma.pdf

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