Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Students work in small groups on short realistic scenarios giving them a plausible motivation for solving the problem; more complex than traditional problems, reflecting the real world, and may include excess information, or require the student to recall important background information.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: High School, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics
Can be adapted for: Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist
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, traditional problem-solving abilityReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Tools for Scientific Thinking, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching
Similar Method CGPS
Developer(s) University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group
Website http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/crintro.html