Overview

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Overview

PSET is a one semester, guided-inquiry physical science 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 physical science (including Newton's Second Law, the Law of Conservation of Energy and Atomic-Molecular Theory). PSET 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
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon, Lecture - Small (<30 students)
Can be adapted for: Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Projector in class, 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, Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Enjoyment of physics, 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, 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
Similar Methods PBI, PET, LEPS
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg, Rebecca Kruse, Steve Robinson, Valerie Otero and Nephi Thompson
Website http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/web/pset/