In response to "What Mathematicians Might Learn From Physicists"
[Hake (2012)], David Bressoud <http://bit.ly/RPx5L4> wrote to me
(quoted with permission; my CAPS; my inserts at ". . . .[[insert]]. .
. . . ..):
"I am very much aware of the Force Concept Inventory and Jerry's
Calculus Concept Inventory. I ATTRIBUTE TO THE FCI MUCH OF THE REASON
WHY THE PHYSICS COMMUNITY HAS MOVED SO EFFECTIVELY TO RETHINK THEIR
APPROACHES TO INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS. It is precisely Michigan's
notable results on the CCI that are the primary reason that the MAA's
Calculus Study . . . . .[[<http://www.maa.org/cspcc>]]. . . . . will
be visiting them this fall to conduct a case study."
I'm delighted to learn that David Bressoud is aware of:
(a) the importance of the FCI in stimulating reform pedagogy in
physics, even though Henderson et al. (2012) and many Physics
Education Researchers seem NOT to be aware;
(b) the effective utilization of Epstein's CCI at the University of
Michigan - see e.g., "How Do We Evaluate Student Understanding?"
Hake, R.R. 2012."What Mathematicians Might Learn From Physicists,"
online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/ROjN2T>. Post of
13 Aug 2012 16:59:34-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and
link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion
lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/PSiidP>.
Henderson, C., M. Dancy, & M. Niewiadomska-Bugaj. 2012. "The Use of
Research-Based Instructional Strategies in Introductory Physics:
Where do Faculty Leave the Innovation-Decision Process?" Physical
Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 8(2, online as a
934 kB pdf at <http://bit.ly/MWSxIU>.
Rhea, K. 2009. "How Do We Evaluate Student Understanding?" online as
a 209 kB pdf at <http://bit.ly/LE0xBe>.