Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Lab-based guided-inquiry curriculum for future and current teachers to develop deep understanding of physics content and scientific reasoning skills.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Teacher Prep CourseReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional DevelopmentReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual
Can be adapted for: Pre-intro course for underprepared students
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Astronomy
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Simple lab equipment, Cost for students, Tables for group work, Very well-trained instructors, minimal equipment for experiments
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Making real-world connections, Using multiple representations, Designing experiments, Metacognition, Ability to teach by inquiry
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, teacher RTOP scores
Studied using: student interviewsReferences coming soon, research at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research by multiple groupsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods JiTT, SCALE-UP, LA Program, Diagnoser
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, PET, PSET
Developer(s) Lillian C. McDermott, Peter S. Shaffer and the Physics Education Group at UW
Website http://www.phys.washington.edu/groups/peg/pbi.html