Indicates a researchdemonstrated benefit
Overview
PUM is a physics/physical science curriculum that strongly links middle and high school physics curricula and builds on the intrinsic mathematical reasoning to develop and strengthen students' mathematical concepts at the prealgebra, algebra and algebra 2 levels. PUM curriculum consists of logically connected modules that allow students to build their conceptual understanding of physics concepts, develop relevant mathematical reasoning and simultaneously learn how to think like scientists.
Type of Method  Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement  

Level 
Designed for:
High School, Middle School
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development, Intro College Calculusbased, Intro College Algebrabased, Intro College Conceptual 

Setting  Designed for: Lecture  Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Homework  
Coverage  Few topics with great depth  
Topics  Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism  
Instructor Effort  High  
Resource Needs  Projector, Computers for students, Advanced lab equipment, Tables for group work  
Skills 
Designed for:
Problemsolving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Designing experiments, Creativity
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Selfconfidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Autonomy 

Research Validation 
Based on research into:
how students learn,
student ideas about specific topics Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual tests, scores on written conceptual tests, laboratory skills Studied using: conceptual pre/post exams, problemsolving pre/post exams, classroom observations, video of students 

Compatible Methods  JiTT, Physlets, SCALEUP, Modeling, OSP, ISLE, CPU  
Similar Methods  ISLE  
Developer(s)  Eugenia Etkina, Suzanne Brahmia, Chis D'Amato, James Finley, Jim Flakker, Danielle Bugge, Richard Therkorn  
Website  http://pum.rutgers.edu  
Intro Article  Searching for Evidence of Student Understanding 