Overview

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Overview

A high school physics curriculum and professional development program that uses a learning cycle pedagogy, inexpensive materials, and technology.

Type of Method Instructional strategy, Full curriculum
Level Designed for: High SchoolReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional Development
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Middle School, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Teachers can select from many topics, but only cover a few in depth.
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Computers for students, Simple lab equipment, Advanced lab equipment
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Making real-world connectionsReferences coming soon, Using multiple representations, Designing experiments
Can be adapted for: Lab skills, Metacognition
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon, research into instructional practice
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, beliefs and attitudesReferences coming soon
Studied using: classroom observationsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Modeling, CPU
Similar Method None
Developer(s) Lawrence Escalada, Roy Unruh, Timothy Cooney, and master high school physics teachers
Website http://www.physics.uni.edu/prisms/prisms-plus