Overview

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Overview

LEPS is a guided-inquiry, conceptual physical science course intended for teaching in a lecture-style environment (e.g. large enrollment classes). The focus is on helping students develop a deep understanding of main ideas from physical science as well as the nature of science and the nature of learning.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon, Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Clickers, Projector in class, Computers for student use outside of class, Cost for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: 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, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CPU, Clickers
Similar Methods PET, PSET
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg, Stephen Robinson, Edward Price, Rebecca Kruse, Danielle Boyd Harlow and Michael McKean
Website http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/leps/