Dr. Ed Price
Dr. Ed Price
Associate Professor

Office: Science Hall II, Room 233
Phone: (760) 750-8040
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I am a professor and chair of the physics department at Cal State San Marcos, located in North County San Diego.

I teach classes and conduct physics education research.

My research interests include curriculum development and the impact of technology on the classroom environment. This work includes studying how tools mediate group interactions, students’ use of representations, and student learning.


Current position

Associate Professor and Physics Department Chair at California State University, San Marcos

Previous positions

Postdoc with Fred Goldberg's group at San Diego State University
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Development, UC San Diego
Faculty Fellow in Physics, UC San Diego

Education

Ph.D., Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
October, 2001

M.S., Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
December, 1998

B.S. with Honors in physics
Brown University
May, 1995

Research and projects:

The impact and implementation of educational innovations

I am interested in the impact of technology on the classroom environment. This work includes studying how tools mediate group interactions, students’ use of representations, and student learning. Some tools and issues I've explored include:

Spontaneity and Interactivity in the classroom with Ubiquitous Presenter
Using Tablet PCs as Digital Whiteboards
Using Tablet PCs as Digital Lab Notebooks
Wii Remote Based Digital Surface for small group collaboration

Curriculum Development

Learning Physical Science (LEPS) is a new inquiry-based, physical science curriculum that includes an explicit focus on nature of science and the nature of learning and is suitable for courses where time constraints or physical setting do not permit small-group, hands on activities. 

Student attitudes and beliefs about the nature of science and learning

Physics content is not the only important learning goal for most physics instructors; students' views of science and learning matter as well.
How physics majors' views differ at different stages of the degree program

Graduate school and education

Graduate school is mostly about learning to be a researcher, but learning to be a teacher is important to many grads. Includes my work with UCSD's Preparing Future Physicists program (formerly Preparing Future Physics Faculty).
Development, implementation, and study of programs designed to increase grad school's focus on preparing future educators.
Info on UCSD's Preparing Future Physicists program (formerly Preparing Future Physics Faculty)

Other projects:

San Diego area, discipline-based, science education research meetings

Course web pages are on Cougar Courses

Courses I teach/have taught

GES 100: Physical Science around Us

This is a general education, physical science course focused on the conceptual ideas of conservation of energy, Newton's second law, and the small particle theory of matter. 

Physics 202: Electricity and magnetism

This is the second semester of our intro physics sequence for physical science and math students. Topics include electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetism, circuits, optics, and special relativity.

Physics 203: Modern Physics

This is the third semester of our intro physics sequence for physical science and math students. Topics include thermodynamics, special relativity, and quantum physics. 

Physics 321: Classical Electromagnetism

This upper division course covers the basics of time independent electric and magnetic fields 

Physics 323: Quantum Physics

This upper division course covers the basics of quantum mechanics and applications to atoms, molecules, and solids.

Physics 351: How things work

This upper division GE is focused on understanding everyday objects and phenomena in terms of physical principles.

Generalizations about what expert learners do


Talks and Publications

Refereed publications
Invited talks and posters
Contributed talks
 

Textbooks/Curricula

Learning Physical Science, Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, Ed Price, Rebecca Kruse, and Danielle Boyd Harlow. It’s About Time (2011).

Select refereed (peer reviewed) publications

“Arrows as anchors: An analysis of the material features of electric field vector arrows,” Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 10, 020112 (2014) online

“Developing the learning physical science curriculum: Adapting a small enrollment, lab, and discussion based physical science course for large enrollments,” Fred Goldberg, Edward Price, Stephen Robinson, Danielle Boyd-Harlow, and Michael McKean. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. 08 010121 (2012).

"Don’t erase that whiteboard! Archiving student work on a photo sharing website," Edward Price, Stephen Tsui, Alicia Hart, and Lydia Saucedo. The Physics Teacher 49, 334-336 (2011).

"Ubiquitous Presenter: A Tablet PC-based system to support instructors and students in the classroom," Edward Price and Beth Simon, The Physics Teacher, 47, 570-573 (2009).

"Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors with the CLASS," Elizabeth Gire, Barbara Jones, and Edward Price, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 5, 010103 (2009).

"Preparing graduate students to be educators," Edward Price and Noah Finkelstein, Am. J. Phys. Physics Education Research Section, Vol 76, pp 684-690 (2008).  

All refereed (peer reviewed) publications, including those listed above

“Arrows as anchors: An analysis of the material features of electric field vector arrows,” Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 10, 020112 (2014) online

“Development and Evaluation of a Large-Enrollment, Active-Learning Physics Curriculum,” Edward Price, Fred Goldberg, Stephen J. Robinson, Danielle Harlow, Michael McKean, Steven Keene, and Kornel Czarnocki. 2013 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, pp. 285-288.

“Supporting scientific writing and evaluation in a conceptual physics course with calibrated peer review,” Edward Price, Fred Goldberg, Scott Patterson and Paul Heft. AIP Conf. Proc. 1513, 318 (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4789716

“Arrows as anchors: Conceptual blending and student use of electric field vector arrows,” Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price. AIP Conf. Proc. 1513, 150 (2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4789674

“Developing the learning physical science curriculum: Adapting a small enrollment, lab, and discussion based physical science course for large enrollments,” Fred Goldberg, Edward Price, Stephen Robinson, Danielle Boyd-Harlow, and Michael McKean. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. 08 010121 (2012).

“Arrows as Anchors: Conceptual Blending and Student Use of Electric Field Vector Arrows” Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price. AIP Conference Proceedings 1513, 150-153 (2012). 

“Supporting Scientific Writing and Evaluation in a Conceptual Physics Course with Calibrated Peer Review” Edward Price, Fred Goldberg, Scott Patterson, and Paul Heft. AIP Conference Proceedings 1513, 318-321 (2012).

"Don’t erase that whiteboard! Archiving student work on a photo sharing website," Edward Price, Stephen Tsui, Alicia Hart, and Lydia Saucedo. The Physics Teacher 49, 334-336 (2011).

"Development and evaluation of large-enrollment, active-learning physical science curriculum," Fred Goldberg, Edward Price, Danielle Harlow, Steve Robinson, Rebecca Kruse, and Michael McKean, AIP Conference Proceedings 1289, 153-156 (2010).

“Comparing Educational Tools Using Activity Theory: Clickers and Flashcards,” Edward Price, Charles De Leone, and Nathaniel Lasry. AIP Conference Proceedings 1289, 265-268 (2010).

“Ubiquitous Presenter: A Tablet PC-based system to support instructors and students in the classroom,” Edward Price and Beth Simon, The Physics Teacher, Vol 47, pp 570-573 (2009).

"The Influence of Tablet PCs on Students’ Use of Multiple Representations in Lab Reports," Clarisa Bercovich Guelman, Charles De Leone, and Edward Price. In Proceedings of the 2009 Physics Education Research Conference. Edited by C. Singh, C. Henderson, and M. Sabella. AIP Conference Proceedings 1179, American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2009, pp. 153-156.

"Archiving Student Solutions with Tablet PCs in a Discussion-based Introductory Physics Class". Edward Price and Charles De Leone. In Proceedings of the 2008 Physics Education Research Conference. Edited by L. Hsu, C. Henderson, and M. Sabella (AIP Publishing, 2008), Vol 1064, pp 175-178.

"Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors with the CLASS," Elizabeth Gire, Barbara Jones, and Edward Price, Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 5, 010103 (2009).

"Preparing graduate students to be educators," Edward Price and Noah Finkelstein, Am. J. Phys. Physics Education Research Section, Vol 76, pp 684-690 (2008).

"Instructor Inking in Physics Classes with Ubiquitous Presenter,"Edward Price and Beth Simon. In The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education: Beyond the Tipping Point. Edited by J.C. Prey, R.H. Reed, and D.A. Berque. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, IN, 2007.

"A Survey to Assess the Impact of TabletPc-Based Active Learning: Preliminary Report and Lessons Learned," Beth Simon and Edward Price. In The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education: Beyond the Tipping Point. Edited by J.C. Prey, R.H. Reed, and D.A. Berque. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, IN, 2007.

"Characterization of Instructor and Student Use of Ubiquitous Presenter, a Presentation System Enabling Spontaneity and Digital Archiving". Edward Price, Roshni Malani, and Beth Simon. In Proceedings of the 2006 Physics Education Research Conference. Edited by L. McCullough, L. Hsu, and P. Heron (AIP Publishing, 2007), Vol 883, pp 125-128.

"Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors". Elizabeth Gire, Edward Price, and Barbara Jones. In Proceedings of the 2006 Physics Education Research Conference. Edited by L. McCullough, L. Hsu, and P. Heron (AIP Publishing, 2007), Vol 883, pp 65-68.

"Seeding Change: The Challenges of Transfer and Transformation of Educational Practice and Research in Physics (Parts I and II)" Edward Price, Noah Finkelstein. In Proceedings of the 2004 Physics Education Research Conference, edited by J. Marx, P. Heron, and S. Franklin (AIP Publishing, 2005), Vol 790, pp. 15-22.

"Do Ballistic Channels Contribute to the Magnetoresistance in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions?" Edward Price, David J. Smith, R. C. Dynes, and A. E. Berkowitz. Applied Physics Letters, vol. 80, pp 285-287 (2002).

"Superconducting and Spin-Dependent Tunneling Using Native Oxide Barriers on CoFe Thin Films" C. L. Platt, A. S. Katz, Edward Price, R. C. Dynes, A. E. Berkowitz. Physical Review B, vol. 61, pp 68-71 (2000).

"Conductance Fluctuations in Mesoscopic Granular Superconductors" A. Frydman, Edward Price, R. C. Dynes.  Solid State Communications, vol. 106, pp 715-719 (1998).

"Giant Magnetoresistance and Its Dependence on Processing Conditions in Magnetic Granular Alloys" J. Q. Wang, Edward Price and Gang Xiao. Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 75, pp 6903-05 (1994).

 

Invited Conference talks and posters

“Electronic Lab Notebooks, Jet Packs, and Flying Cars” Edward Price*. Invited talk, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. July 2014.

"One Program, Two Sites: A Collaborative University-TYC Learning Assistants Program," Edward Price*. Invited talk, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Portland, OR. July 2013.

"Building an undergraduate physics program with Learning Assistants," Edward Price*, Invited talk, American Physical Society April Meeting, Denver, CO, April 2013.

"Using Activity Theory to Understand Technology in the Classroom," Edward Price*. Invited poster, Physics Education Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.

"Complex Interactions Between Formative Assessment, Technology, and Classroom Practices"; Edward Price*. Invited Bridging Session (plenary) talk and paper, Physics Education Research Conference, Omaha, NE. August 2011. AIP Conference Proceedings 1413, 59-62 (2012).

"Effectively Using Technology: The Interplay Between Technology, Practices, and Pedagogy"; Edward Price*. Invited talk, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Portland, OR. July 2010.

"How tools shape classroom practices and collaboration: Examples from introductory physics classes using Tablet PCs"; Clarisa Bercovich Guelman, Charles De Leone, and Edward Price*. Invited poster, Physics Education Research Conference, Ann Arbor, August 2009.

"Designing an interactive, student-centered, physical science curriculum for large enrollment, general education courses"; Edward Price*. Invited talk, American Chemical Association, National Meeting, Salt Lake City, March 2009.

"Using TabletPCs and Ubiquitous Presenter in Lecture and Discussion-based Classes"; Edward Price*. Invited talk, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Chicago, IL. February 2009.

"Ubiquitous Presenter: A Student Centered Digital Classroom Environment"; Beth Simon*, William Griswold, and Edward Price*. Invited talk at HP Technology for Teaching Worldwide Higher Education Conference. Monterey, February 2007. 

"Graduate Students Leading the Way: PER training in a traditional university department"; Barbara Jones*, Edward Price, Noah Finkelstein. Invited Talk, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Miami Beach, FL. January 2004.

Contributed talks and posters (* = presenting author)

"Including evidence in lecture-format courses: comparing videos and hands-on experiments and simulations," Edward Price*, Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, Danielle Harlow, Michael McKean, Cornel Czarnocki, and Steven Keene. Poster at Physics Education Research Conference, Portland OR. July 2013.

"Understanding External Representations as Computational Tools," Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price*. Talk at American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Portland OR. July 2013.

"Teacher recruiting at a community college: A cross-campus LA program" Edward Price*, Brian Lawler, and Debbie De Roma. Poster at PhysTEC conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2013.

 “Building Institutional Connections with a Learning Assistants Program” Edward Price* and Charles De Leone. Talk at American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 2013.

 “The Role of Learning Assistants in Sustaining Course Innovations” Charles J. De Leone* and Edward Price. Talk at American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 2013.

 “Hands-on Activities in Large Enrollment Courses” Edward Price*, Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, Michael McKean. Poster at American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 2013.

 "Using technology to transform PSET into a large enrollment course." Edward Price*.  American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Jacksonville, FL. January 2011.

"Learning Physical Science: An active-learning physical-science curriculum for large enrollments" Edward Price*.  American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. Jacksonville, FL. January 2011.

“Wii Remote-based, inexpensive ‘digital’ whiteboards for capturing student work” Edward Price* and Dustin Dorroh. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Ann Arbor, MI. August 2009.

“Tablet PCs as digital lab notebooks” Clarisa Bercovich Guelman*, Charles De Leone, and Edward Price. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Ann Arbor, MI. August 2009.

“Developing and assessing digital ink lab notebooks” Clarisa Bercovich Guelman, Charles De Leone, and Edward Price*. Poster at Microsoft Research Symposium. Seattle, WA. March 2009.

“Lessons from the Adaptation and Implementation of a Non-Traditional Introductory Physics Course” Charles De Leone, Catherine Ishikawa, and Edward Price*. Poster at Physics Education Research Conference, Edmonton, Alberta. July 2008,

“The Impact of Digital Whiteboards in an Active Learning Introductory Physics Class” Edward Price*, Charles De Leone, Robin Marion, and John Saunders. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Edmonton, Alberta. July 2008.

“Tablet PCs as Digital Whiteboards in a Discussion-based Introductory Physics Class” Charles De Leone* and Edward Price. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Edmonton, Alberta. July 2008.

“Assessing the impact of digital whiteboards in an active learning physics course” Edward Price*, Charles De Leone, and Robin Marion. Poster at HP Technology for Teaching Worldwide Higher Education Conference, San Diego, CA. February 2008.

“Realizing Active Learning in a Physics Classroom Using Ubiquitous Presenter and Tablet PCs” Edward Price* and Beth Simon. Talk at Mathematical Association of America Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 2008.

“Facilitating Active Learning with Ubiquitous Presenter and Tablet PCs” Edward Price*. Talk at Southern California Section meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Mt. San Antonio College, CA. October 2007.

“Beyond expert-novice distinctions: the problem solving characteristics of physics majors” Elizabeth Gire, Edward Price*, and Barbara Jones. Poster at Physics Education Research Conference, Greensboro, NC. August, 2007

“Physics Majors' Modes of Thinking During Problem Solving” Elizabeth Gire*, Edward Price, and Barbara Jones. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Greensboro, NC. August 2007.

“Preparing Graduate Students to be Educators” Edward Price* and Noah Finkelstein. Talk at American Physical Society March Meeting, Denver, CO. March 2007.

“Active Learning with Ubiquitous Presenter and Tablet PCs” Edward Price* and Beth Simon. Poster at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Seattle, WA. January 2007.

“The Epistemological Development of Physics Majors” Elizabeth Gire*, Edward Price, & Barbara Jones. Poster at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Seattle, WA. January 2007.

“Ubiquitous Presenter: Spontaneity and Interactivity in a Digital Lecturing Environment” Edward Price* and Beth Simon. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Syracuse, NY. August 2006.

“Ubiquitous Presenter: Clickers on Steroids” Beth Simon and Edward Price*. Poster at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Syracuse, NY. August 2006.

“Between the Endpoints: Physics Majors' Development from Novice to Expert” Elizabeth Gire*, Edward Price, and Barbara Jones. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Syracuse, NY. August 2006.

“Institutional and Instructor Factors Affecting Implementation of Class Response Systems” Edward Price*. Talk at national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Albuquerque, NM. January 2005.

“Understanding the MPEX ‘Expert’: A comparison to traditional faculty” Elizabeth Gire*, Edward Price, Barbara Jones. Physics Education Research Conference, Sacramento, CA. August 2004.

“Recursive Mentoring: A graduate-student led program for physics majors” Edward Price, Paul Whitford*, Chris Schaffer*. American Association of Physics Teachers, 129th National Meeting, Sacramento, CA. August 2004.

“The Context of Graduate Student Preparation in Physics: Professional roles of research and teaching” Noah Finkelstein*, Edward Price, Barbara Jones. American Physical Society April Meeting. Denver, CO. May, 2004.

“Building A Culture Of Education Into Physics: Training Physics Graduate Students And Post-Docs In Education” Noah Finkelstein* and Edward Price, American Association of Physics Teachers, 125th National Meeting, Boise, ID. August 2002. 

Non-refereed Publications

“The CSUSM Learning Assistants Program” Edward Price. APS Forum on Education Newsletter, Spring 2013. 

“Graphical Representations of Vector Functions in Upper-Division E&M” Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price, AIP Conference Proceedings 1413, 27-30 (2012). 

"Making an Impact in the Classroom: How to Effectively Promote Change," Edward Price. In Transform Science, Computational Ed. for Scientists, Vol 1, pp 62-63. Microsoft Corporation (2008).

"Graduating Educated Graduate Students," Edward Price and Noah Finkelstein. APS Forum on Education Newsletter, Spring 2006.