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Dr. Edward Price
Dr. Edward Price
Professor

Office: Science Hall II, Room 215
Phone: (760) 750-8040

I am a professor in 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

Professor of Physics 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:

  • Writing and peer-evaluation using the web-based Calibrated Peer Review system.
  • 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

As part of a collaboration, I helped develop and evaluate the Next Generation Physics and Everyday Thinking (NextGenPET) curriculum. NextGenPET is designed for physics or physical science courses for prospective elementary or middle school teachers, general education science courses, science methods courses, or workshops for practicing teachers. NextGenPET is adapted from several earlier curricula (Physics and Everyday Thinking, Physical Science and Everyday Thinking, Elementary Science and Everyday Thinking, and Learning Physical Science) so it would be better aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. 

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.

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.


Talks and Publications

Textbooks/Curricula

Next Generation Physical Science and Everyday Thinking. Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, Edward Price, Danielle Boyd Harlow, Julie Andrew, and Mike McKean. It’s About Time (2016).

Learning Physical Science, Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, Ed Price, Rebecca Kruse, and Danielle Boyd Harlow. It’s About Time (2012).

Select refereed (peer reviewed) publications

“Validity of peer grading using Calibrated Peer Review in a guided-inquiry, conceptual physics course,” Edward Price, Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, and Michael McKean. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 12, 020145 (2016). 

“Structural features of algebraic quantum notations,” Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. 11, 020109 (2015). 

“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 (2), 020112 (2014). 

“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

“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, Vol 47, pp 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).

  

Select Invited Conference Talks and Posters (* indicates presenting author)

“Making STEM Relevant In Underserved Communities,” Edward Price. Presentation at Next Generation STEM Learning for All: A Forum Supported by the NSF. November 9, 2015 

 “Using & Coordinating Multiple Representations of a Quantum System,” Elizabeth Gire* & Edward Price. Invited talk, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Meeting. College Park, MD. July 2015.

“Electronic Lab Notebooks, Jet Packs, and Flying Cars” Electronic Lab notebooks,” 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 Assoc. 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 Assoc. 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.