Andrew Mason, PhD

Associate Professor

ajmason@uca.edu

LSC 167

(501) 852-0050

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Preparatory Background:

B.S., Physics, SUNY Buffalo, 2004

M.S., Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Concentration: Physics Cognition Research

2009-2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

 

Member:

–       American Association of Physics Teachers

–       American Physical Society

–       Phi Beta Kappa

 

Research Interests:

The main topic of my research thus far has been experimental investigation of physics problem solving and curricular implementation of PER. Specific current interests include classroom implementation of physics problem solving skills, upper-level physics problem solving, reflection and self-diagnosis of solution errors in paired problems, and development of computer coaches designed to teach an expert-like problem solving framework for introductory mechanics.

 

Selected Recent Publications:

“Learning goals and perceived irrelevance to major within life science majors in introductory physics.” A. Mason. In 2019 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings (PER Central), Eds: Y. Cao, S. Wolf, and M. Bennett, © 2020.

“Comparing introductory physics and astronomy students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving.” M. Good, A. Mason, and C. Singh. European Journal of Physics 39(6), 065702, © 2018.

“Consideration of learning orientations as an application of
achievement goals in evaluating life science majors in introductory physics.” A. Mason and C. Bertram. Physical Review Physics Education Research 14(1), 010125, © 2018.

“Impact of Guided Reflection with Peers on the Development of
Effective Problem Solving Strategies and Physics Learning.” A. Mason and C. Singh. Physics Teacher 54(5), 295-299, © 2016.

“Surveying Turkish High School and University Students’ Attitudes and Approaches to Physics Problem Solving.” N. Balta, A. Mason, and C. Singh. Physical Review Physics Education Research 12(1), 010129, © 2016.

“The Effect of Giving Explicit Incentives to Correct Mistakes on
Subsequent Problem Solving in Quantum Mechanics.” B. Brown, A. Mason, and C. Singh. Physical Review Physics Education Research 12(1),010121, © 2016.