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Development and evaluation of large-enrollment, active-learning physical science curriculum 

written by Fred Goldberg, Edward Price, Danielle Harlow, Stephen J. Robinson, Rebecca Kruse, and Michael McKean

We report on the initial field tests of Learning Physical Science (LEPS), a new curriculum adapted from Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (PSET). PSET is an inquiry-based, hands-on, physical science curriculum that includes an explicit focus on nature of science and nature of learning. PSET was developed for small enrollment discussion/lab settings. The Learning Physical Science (LEPS) curriculum maintains the same research-based learning principles as PSET but is suitable for classes taught in lecture format. LEPS has been field tested by eight instructors at different universities. In this paper, we describe the adaptation process, the resulting LEPS curriculum, and present student learning outcomes for LEPS and PSET.

Published August 24, 2010
Last Modified January 19, 2011

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