This paper presents a measurement of the time and resources committed to traditional student actions such as reading and working homework. The perception of the educational value of each basic action for both students and faculty is captured. From this information, basic educational efficiencies are computed for a traditional mechanics course and a non-traditional hands-on Electricity and Magnetism course. The calculations show an allocation of resources in the traditional course which uses the most student time in the least educationally valuable activity. The computed efficiencies also show overseen student note-taking as potentially a very valuable general tool. The techniques presented allow any institution to carry out quantitative educational engineering of their course offerings at the highest level.


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  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9


Student Attitudes,Nontraditional Education,NSDL,Electricity,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Physics Education Research,General Physics,Graduate/Professional,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003065557036T,Models,Science Education,Educational Change,Teacher Attitudes,Higher Education,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Hands on Science,Time on Task,School Improvement,Physics,Education Practices,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Magnets,Education



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