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An Activity-based Curriculum for Large Introductory Physics Classes: The SCALE-UP Project Documents

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An Activity-based Curriculum for Large Introductory Physics Classes: The SCALE-UP Project 

written by Jeffrey Saul and Robert J. Beichner

The Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) Project offers instructors of large introductory science classes an economical and effective alternative to the lecture/laboratory format. Basically, North Carolina State University, the University of Central Florida, and a group of collaborating schools are utilizing the collaborative, interactive, research-based instruction that works so well in smaller class settings and finding ways to economically accommodate studio-style classes of up to 100 students. Lecture and laboratory are blended together in an approach that uses technology and minimal lecturing to create a highly collaborative, technology-rich, hands-on, interactive learning environment. In addition to developing classroom designs and management techniques, the project involves the development, evaluation, and dissemination of curricular materials for introductory physics that support this type of learning.
In comparisons to traditional instruction we have seen significantly improved performance in problem solving, increased conceptual understanding, improved attitudes, and much higher student success rates, especially for females and minorities.

Published July 26, 2001
Last Modified March 7, 2009

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