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Patrick Kenealy

Patrick Kenealy

Professor of Physics and Science Education

Physics Education Research (Emeritus)

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1967, Nuclear Spectroscopy
B.S., Loyola University, Chicago, 1961, Physics

Dept. Office: Hall of Science (HSCI), Room 272b

California State University, Long Beach
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Long Beach, CA 90840-9505

Phone: (562) 985-XXXX
Fax:      (562) 985-7924


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Research Interest:

Introductory physics students need to construct their knowledge so that they can speak and write accurately about the physical world. Are introductory students literally learning a new language in order to accomplish that?   The project is an experimental and theory-building consideration of whether the scholarship of teaching and learning in adult 2 nd -language (L2) acquisition has meaningful connections to learning introductory physics and physical science. Although the native language, e.g., English, appears to remain the medium of expression, the words, vocabulary, and syntax are radically altered to produce statements acceptable to a scientific community. Although much excellent research has occurred on what activities work to create better learning experiences in introductory physics, the research approach described here offers possibilities for deeper understanding of what is going on within collaborative groups and in hands-on activities.