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[Net-Gold] Re: Gurung & Schwartz Book #2

David P. Dillard


Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:58:52 -0700
From: Richard Hake <[hidden email]>
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Subject: [Net-Gold] Re: Gurung & Schwartz Book #2

In a previous post "Re: Gurung & Schwartz Book" [Hake (2009)] I wrote:

". . . . although psychologists Gurung & Schwartz (2009) include
academic references on pages 207-221 to the work of Entwistle, Huber,
Perry, and Shulman [and mention in passing the "Force Concept
Inventory" (Hestenes et al., 1992) on page 75], they omit academic
references to the work of physicists Hestenes and Hake, perhaps
considering their work - like that of physicists Arons, Karplus,
McDermott, Mazur, Redish, Reif, and Wieman - to be too
inconsequential to merit referencing."

In response, Regan Gurung (2009) wrote to me [quoted with
permission), slightly edited, my insert at ". . . . .[[insert]]. . .
. ."]:

"Indeed, our book could have paid more attention to the work of
authors you cite. The good news is that there are examples from
physics research in other parts of the book. Furthermore, given the
tunnel vision that disciplinary SoTL researchers often show, I
spearheaded an entire edited volume . . . .[[Gurung, Chick, & Haynie
(2008)]]. . . . that reviews SoTL from 12 diverse disciplines, with a
whole chapter on physics pedagogy. . . . [[Chapter 15 by Mark J.


titled "Signature Pedagogies in Introductory Physics."]]. . . . . ."

It's good to know that physics has not been forgotten.

Regarding Regan's aside on "the tunnel vision that disciplinary SoTL
researchers often show," in my opinion, that tunnel vision is no
worse than the tunnel vision displayed by those SoTL leaders who
appear to be either oblivious or dismissive of Physics Education

I've not yet read Lattery's "Signature Pedagogies in Introductory
Physics," so I can't register an opinion on that chapter.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
24245 Hatteras Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands.
<[hidden email]>

REFERENCES [Tiny URL's courtesy <http://tinyurl.com/create.php>.]
Gurung, R.A.R., N.L. Chick, & A. Haynie, eds. 2008. "Exploring
Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of
Mind," Stylus. Publisher's information at
<http://tinyurl.com/krzs6e>. From the Foreword by Anthony A. Ciccone,
Senior Scholar and Director, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning: "These authors have clearly shown the value in
looking for the signature pedagogies of their disciplines. Nothing
uncovers hidden assumptions about desired knowledge, skills, and
dispositions better than a careful examination of our most cherished
practices. The authors inspire specialists in other disciplines to do
the same. Furthermore, they invite other colleagues to explore
whether relatively new, interdisciplinary fields such as Women's
Studies and Global Studies have, or should have, a signature pedagogy
consistent with their understanding of what it means to 'apprentice'
in these areas." Amazon.com information at
<http://tinyurl.com/lga3o7>. Unfortunately, the usual Amazon
searchable "Look Inside" feature is absent.

Gurung, R.A.R. & B.M. Schwartz. 2009. "Optimizing Teaching and
Learning: Practicing Pedagogical Research." Wiley-Blackwell.
Publisher's information at
Amazon.com information at <http://tinyurl.com/ksua4l>. Note the
searchable "Look Inside" feature.

Hestenes, D., M. Wells, & G. Swackhamer. 1992. "Force Concept
Inventory," The Physics Teacher 30(3): 141-158; online at
<http://modeling.asu.edu/R&E/FCI.PDF> (100kB) [but without the test
itself]. The 1995 revision by Halloun, Hake, Mosca, & Hestenes is
online (password protected) at the same URL, and is currently
available in 16 languages: Chinese, Czech, English, Finnish, French,
German, Greek, Italian, Malaysian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Slovak, Swedish, & Turkish.

Hake, R.R. 2009. "Re: Gurung & Schwartz Book," online on the OPEN!
POD archives at <http://tinyurl.com/lzg3rs>. Post of 12 Jul 2009
15:48:00-0700 to Net-Gold, POD, & PhysLrnR.