Overview

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Overview

A professional development program for K-12 teachers on the learning of energy with two main goals: (1) to help teachers learn about energy, and (2) to help teachers to experience science as an area where they and their students are empowered to figure things out.  Energy Project instruction is inquiry-based with respect to both content and method: participants construct their own understanding both about energy and about what it means to learn.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Teacher Professional DevelopmentReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Creativity, Autonomy, To pay attention to their students' thinking, To experience science as an area where they and their students are empowered to figure things out
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, CPU, SGSI, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods SGSI, Responsive Teaching
Developer(s) Hunter Close, Eleanor Close, Lezlie DeWater, Stamatis Vokos, Lane Seeley, Rachel Scherr, and Sam McKagan
Website http://www.energyprojectresources.org/