Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Socratic-dialogue driven, highly-structured collaborative learning activities designed to: a) elicit students' misconceptions, b) confront their nave, incomplete, or inaccurate ideas, c) resolve these contradictions, and d) demonstrate to students the power of their conceptual models. Based on Astronomy topics faculty most often cover, require about 15-20 minutes of class time (5 minutes per page, on average), and designed for implementation in lecture courses.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Tutorials
Level Designed for: AstronomyReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Recitation/Discussion Session, Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Astronomy
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Cost for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
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, student interviewsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, OSP, LA Program, CAE TPS, Astro Ranking Tasks, CPU, TEFA, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, ABP Tutorials, OST Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Tutorials
Website http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/teachingstrategies/teachingdetails/?StrategyID=9