Professor of Physics at California State University, San Marcos
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
Ph.D., Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
M.S., Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
B.S. with Honors in physics
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
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)
San Diego area, discipline-based, science education research meetings
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
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
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,
“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.
“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.
“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