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American Journal of Physics
written by Ronald K. Thornton and David Sokoloff
Our research shows that student learning of Newton's Laws in introductory physics courses is enhanced by the use of special guided discovery laboratory curricula which embody the results of educational research and which are supported by the use of the Tools for Scientific Thinking microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) tools (motion detector and force probe) for Macintosh and MS-DOS computers. This paper describes the research-based Tools for Scientific Thinking and RealTime Physics dynamics curricula developed for use in introductory physics classes in colleges, universities and high schools. Then examines student learning of dynamics in traditional physics courses and in courses using the new active learning curricula, primarily by the use of correlated questions on the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation, which is presented in its entirety. We also give evidence for the hierarchical learning of mechanics concepts and for the improvement of student learning of dynamics from traditional lectures as a result of improved learning of kinematics from the new laboratory curricula.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 66, Issue 4, Pages 338-352
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© 1998 American Journal of Physics
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DOI:
10.1119/1.18863
PACSs:
01.50.-i
01.40.Gm
03.20.+i
PII:
S0002-9505(97)00912-4
Keywords:
FMCE, Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation, assessment, classical mechanics, education, teaching
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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May 29, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Thornton and D. Sokoloff, Am. J. Phys. 66 (4), 338 (1998), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18863).
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R. Thornton and D. Sokoloff, Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture Curricula Am. J. Phys. 66 (4), 338 (1998), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18863>.
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Thornton, R., & Sokoloff, D. (1998, April 1). Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture Curricula. Am. J. Phys., 66(4), 338-352. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18863
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Thornton, Ronald, and David Sokoloff. "Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture Curricula." Am. J. Phys. 66, no. 4, (April 1, 1998): 338-352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18863 (accessed 24 April 2014).
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Thornton, Ronald, and David Sokoloff. "Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture Curricula." Am. J. Phys. 66.4 (1998): 338-352. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18863>.
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