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American Journal of Physics
written by David E. Meltzer and Ronald K. Thornton
This Resource Letter provides a guide to the literature on research-based active-learning instruction in physics. These are instructional methods that are based on, assessed by, and validated through research on the teaching and learning of physics. They involve students in their own learning more deeply and more intensely than does traditional instruction, particularly during class time. The instructional methods and supporting body of research reviewed here offer potential for significantly improved learning in comparison to traditional lecture-based methods of college and university physics instruction. We begin with an introduction to the history of active learning in physics in the United States, and then discuss some methods for and outcomes of assessing pedagogical effectiveness. We enumerate and describe common characteristics of successful active-learning instructional strategies in physics. We then discuss a range of methods for introducing active-learning instruction in physics and provide references to those methods for which there is published documentation of student learning gains.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 80, Issue 6, Pages 478-496
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Inquiry Learning
= Interactive Lecture Demonstration
= Modeling
= Peer Instruction
= Problem Solving
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Article
= Bibliography
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© 2012 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.3678299
PACSs:
01.30.Rr
01.40.G-
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Metadata instance created May 28, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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July 29, 2012 by John Stewart
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D. Meltzer and R. Thornton, Am. J. Phys. 80 (6), 478 (2012), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3678299).
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D. Meltzer and R. Thornton, Resource Letter ALIP–1: Active-Learning Instruction in Physics Am. J. Phys. 80 (6), 478 (2012), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3678299>.
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Meltzer, D., & Thornton, R. (2012, June 1). Resource Letter ALIP–1: Active-Learning Instruction in Physics. Am. J. Phys., 80(6), 478-496. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3678299
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Meltzer, David, and Ronald Thornton. "Resource Letter ALIP–1: Active-Learning Instruction in Physics." Am. J. Phys. 80, no. 6, (June 1, 2012): 478-496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3678299 (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Meltzer, David, and Ronald Thornton. "Resource Letter ALIP–1: Active-Learning Instruction in Physics." Am. J. Phys. 80.6 (2012): 478-496. 28 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3678299>.
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