Sunday, July 24, 2011

Re: Learning Physics with a Statistical Gold Standard

Some blog followers might be interested in a discussion-list post “Re: Learning Physics with a Statistical Gold Standard” [Hake (2011)].

The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Physoc’s Priscilla Laws (2011) wrote (paraphrasing): “One of the difficulties with many recent comments on tests to determine the efficacy of physics teaching methods is that we have no consensus about what should be the standard for student learning.” Priscilla then listed 7 alternatives as to what students should learn.

Probably unknown to Priscilla and most of the PER community, I listed similar alternatives in an AJP rejected article “Interactive-engagement methods in introductory mechanics courses” [Hake (1998b)].

At least partially due to AJP’s rejection of Hake (1998b), aspects of the research reported in Hake (1998a,b) have sometimes been grossly misrepresented in the PER literature. Unfortunately the review process for PER papers is, IMHO, sadly deficient, resulting for the physics-education literature in: (a) the loss of many exemplary articles, and (b) the addition of many articles that are problematic at best.

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which
Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

“EDITOR: A person employed on a newspaper. . . [or journal]. . . , whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see to it that the chaff is printed.”
- Elbert Hubbard

REFERENCES [URL’s shortened by and accessed on 24 July 2011.]

Hake, R.R. 2011. “Re: Learning Physics with a Statistical Gold Standard,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 24 Jul 2011 11:12:13-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post were transmitted to various discussion lists.

Laws, P. 2011. “Learning Physics with a Statistical Gold Standard,” Physoc post of 12 Jul 2011 20:26:15+0000; online at To access the archives of PHYSOC one needs to subscribe :-(, but that takes only a few minutes by clicking on and then clicking on “Join or leave the list (or change settings.” If you're busy, then subscribe using the “NOMAIL” option under “Miscellaneous.” Then, as a subscriber, you may access the archives and/or post messages at any time, while receiving NO MAIL from the list!

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