How do faculty learn about and use Peer Instruction?

July 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm 2 comments

Passing on a request from the PI Network:
From Mike Reese

How do teaching innovations spread among faculty?  I am exploring this research question as a sociology doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University.  I am working with several faculty, including Dr. Eric Mazur, to examine the diffusion patterns of the teaching methods they pioneered as part of my dissertation project.
Would you be willing to participate in my dissertation study by completing a short survey?
I’m interested in your response even if you are not an instructor or don’t use Peer Instruction in your class.  As a sociologist, I’m exploring how information about Peer Instruction spreads, not how instructors use it.  “Don’t remember” and “Don’t Use” are valid responses on several questions.
The survey can be completed in as little as 7 minutes with only 2 open-response questions in addition to several multiple choice/rating questions.  All participants will be entered into a raffle for one of eight $25 Amazon.com gift cards or a $100 gift card. No sensitive personal information will be asked beyond your role and colleges at which you have taught/worked.  All data will be kept strictly confidential and will not be publicly shared.  Any publications or presentations resulting from this research will only include aggregate summaries or anonymous quotes. To ensure timely analysis of the data, I am asking all participants to complete the survey by Friday, July 20th.
I know your time is valuable—thank you for your help with this research.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.Sincerely,

Mike Reese
Johns Hopkins  Sociology Doctoral Student

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