Michael C. Wittmann

Michael C. WittmannWittmann featured
Professor of Physics
Cooperating Professor of STEM Education
Member, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

  • 1993  B.S., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 1996  M.S., University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1998  Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Office: 222 Bennett

Phone #: (207) 581-1237

EMail Link: wittmann@umit.maine.edu

Research Interest:

  • Physics Education Research (PERL)

Research Projects:

  • Development, dissemination, and evaluation of the New Model Course in Applied Quantum Physics
  • Outside evaluator of Real-Time Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations dissemination project

For most recent vita, click here (PDF)

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Publications:

Textbooks/Workbooks

  1. Wittmann, M.C., Steinberg, R.N., and Redish, E.F. (2005) Activity-Based Tutorials Vol 2: Modern Physics. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  2. Wittmann, M.C., Steinberg, R.N., and Redish, E.F. (2004) Activity-Based Tutorials Vol 1: Introductory Physics. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Recent Peer-reviewed papers

  1. Wittmann, M.C. and Black, K.E. (2015) Mathematical actions as procedural resources: An example from the separation of variables. Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research, 11, 020114. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020114
  2. Barth-Cohen, L. & Wittmann, M. C. (2016). Expanding Coordination Class Theory to Capture Conceptual Learning in a Classroom Environment. In Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.), Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 1 (pp. 386-.393) Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  3. Kranich, G., Wittmann, M., & Alvarado, C. (2015, July 29-30). Teachers’ conflicting conceptual models and the efficacy of formative assessments. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD.
  4. Axthelm, A., Wittmann, M., Alvarado, C., & Millay, L. (2015, July 29-30). Idea Use Curves. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD
  5. Wittmann, M., Alvarado, C., & Millay, L. (2015, July 29-30). Teacher responses to their multiple goals for teaching energy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD.
  6. Springuel, R.P., Thompson, J.R., and Wittmann, M.C. (2009), “How different is ‘not the same’?” under review at Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research.
  7. McCann, K., and Wittmann, M.C. (2009) “The role of sign in students’ modeling signs of scalar equations,” accepted for publication in The Physics Teacher. Expected publish date, Fall, 2009
  8. Sayre, E.C. and Wittmann, M.C. (2008) “The plasticity of intermediate mechanics students’ coordinate system choice,” Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 4 020105. Available at http://prst- per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v4/i2/e020105.
  9. Smith, T.I. and Wittmann, M.C. (2008) “Toward a more effective use of the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation,” Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 4, 020101. Available at http://prst-per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v4/i2/e020101.
  10. Wittmann, M.C. and Thompson, J.R. (2007) “Integrated approaches in physics education: A graduate level course in physics, pedagogy, and education research,” accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physics. Draft version available online at http://www.arxiv.org/abs/physics/0608240.
  11. Springuel, R.P., Thompson, J.R., and Wittmann, M.C. (2007) “Applying clustering to statistical analysis of student reasoning about two-dimensional kinematics,” Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 3, 020107. Available at http://prst-per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v3/i2/e020107.