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Abstract Title: Development and evaluation of a large-enrollment, active-learning physical science curriculum
Abstract: 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.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Fred Goldberg
San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Education
6475 Alvarado Road, Suite 128
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: 619-594-6609
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Edward Price, California State University San Marcos
Danielle Boyd Harlow, University of California Santa Barbara
Steve Robinson, Tennessee Technical University
Rebecca Kruse, BSCS
Michael McKean, San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Education