Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Engage students in large lecture classes by asking them cognitively engaging multiple-choice questions that challenge student thinking and foster deep discussion.  Students vote with colored cards, try to convince their neighbors, and vote again. The Center for Astronomy Education has developed many specific techniques for making this method as effective as possible.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: AstronomyReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development, Middle School, High School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based, Intermediate Undergraduate, Advanced Undergraduate, Other Science
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Astronomy
Instructor Effort Low
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Paradigms, Tools for Scientific Thinking, PI QM, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods Peer Instruction, ILDs, Workbook for Introductory Physics, TEFA, PI QM, Clickers
Developer(s) Center for Astronomy Education
Website http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/teachingstrategies/teachingdetails/?StrategyID=23