Overview

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Overview

PET is a one semester, guided-inquiry physics course that incorporates extensive small group and whole class discussion and laboratory work to help students develop a deep conceptual understanding of big ideas in physics. PET also incorporates specific activities that focus on the nature of science and the nature of learning.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Computers for student use in class, Computers for student use outside of class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Cost for students, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, Self-confidence around physics, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Enjoyment of physics
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, scores on written 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, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CPU
Similar Methods PBI, PSET, LEPS
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg, Valerie Otero and Steve Robinson
Website http://petproject.sdsu.edu/