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Adams, J.P, Prather, E.E., and Slater, T.F.(2004) Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy, Pearson Education

Bailey, J.M., and Slater, T.F. (2003) "A Review of Astronomy Education Research," Astronomy Education Review, Vol. 2, 20-45

Brown, R.W., Finnerty, M., Harper, K.A., and Treat, A.(2005) "Once More, with Feeling: Repetition Methods in Physics Instruction," 130th AAPT National Meeting (2005): Albuquerque

Brown, Robert. (2005) "'Lowfalutin' Learning List," The Physics Teacher, 43, 55-56

Brown, Robert. "Approaching Teaching as We Approach Research: Establishing Goals, Collecting the Evidence, and Measuring Achievement," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Comins, N.F. (2001). Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions About the Real Nature of the Universe, New York: Columbia University Press

Garrell, Robin. "Bringing Research into the Classroom in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Green, P.J. (2003). Peer Instruction in Astronomy, Pearson Education

Hake, R.R. (1998). Interactive Engagement Versus Traditional Methods, American Journal of Physics

Hufnagel, B. (2002). Development of the Astronomy Diagnostic Test, Astronomy Education Review, Vol. 1, 47-51

Harper, K.A. and Brown, R.W. (2004) "A Treatment for Post-Exam Syndrome," 128th AAPT National Meeting (2004)

Harper, K., Finnerty, M., and Brown, R.W. (2004) "Diagnosing Treatments: Evaluating Options for Combating Post-Exam Syndrome," 129th AAPT National Meeting (2004): Sacramento

Helfand, David and Kelley, Darcy B. "Incorporating New Knowledge into the Undergraduate Experience," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Impey, Christopher. "Designing and Teaching an Inquiry-Based Curriculum," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Li, P., Reay, N., and Bao, L. (2006) "Assessment of Using the Clickers," 133rd AAPT National Meeting (2006): Syracuse

Mathieu, Robert and Svinicki, Marilla. "Physical Sciences and Mathematics," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Mazur, Eric. (1997) Peer Instruction: A User's Manual. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

Pompea, S.M. (2000). Great Ideas for Teaching Astronomy, Thomson Learning

Redish, E.F. (2003) Teaching Physics: With the Physics Suite. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

Salter, T.F., and Adams, J.P. (2003) Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching: Strategies for Astro 101, Pearson Education

Tobias, S. (1992) "Revitalizing Undergraduate Science: Why Some Things Work and Most Don’t," Research Corporation, 107-111

van Heuvelen, A. (1991) "Overview, Case Study Physics," American Journal of Physics, 59(10):898-907

Warnakulasooriya, R. and Pritchard, D.E. (2005) "Hints Really Help!" 130th AAPT National Meeting (2005): Albuquerque

Weaver, Gabriela C. "Undergraduate Research Centers: A Model for Incorporating Research into the Mainstream Science Curriculum," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Wieman, Carl. "Professors Who are Scholars: Bringing the Act of Discovery to the Classroom," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Wieman, Carl and Perkins, Katherine. (2005) "Tranforming Physics Education," Physics Today, November 2005, 36-41

Wood, William B. (2004) "Clickers: A Gimmick that Works," Developmental Cell, 7, 796-798
Reprinted, with permission from Elsevier, in the Reinvention Center Spotlight on Instructional Technology:

Web Sites and Survey Sources

The University of Oregon is a leader in using wireless technology in the classroom.

Course and Curricular Innovation

The Collaborative Research Model, University of Oregon: Student Learning Teams in Undergraduate Research is a flexible model of collaborative student research in coursework across the curriculum.

Eric Mazur's Physics education site includes information and resources on Peer Instruction and other approaches for teaching science.

MARIACHI project, Stony Brook University: MARIACHI is a cosmic ray detection experiment that integrates its scientific and educational missions through extensive cyberinfrastructure. MARIACHI's detection technology, which is being installed and operated in high schools and community colleges, also facilitates the studies of meteors, and atmospheric ionization phenomena from lightning to exotic sprites. The web site's NSF-funded educational portal offers activities and experiments for high school and undergraduate students, examples of courses and workshops that use cybertools such as interactive wikis and blogs, and opportunities for research involvement for teachers and high school and undergraduate students.


Physics Education Technology Project (PhET), The University of Colorado at Boulder: Produces fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena that create bridges to the real world.

Numerous Java applets in astronomy and physics, by Greg Bothun, University of Oregon:

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