Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Exercises that require students to engage in a comparison reasoning process: students rank variations of a physical situation on the basis of a specified physical quantity and explain their reasoning.  Ranking Tasks frequently elicit students' natural ideas about the behavior of physical systems rather than a memorized response, providing instructors with a way to gain important insights into students' thinking.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-based
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Lecture - Large (30+ students)
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session, Homework, Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Astronomy
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Cost for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon
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
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Tools for Scientific Thinking, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods TIPERs, Thinking Problems, Astro Ranking Tasks
Developer(s) Thomas O'Kuma, David P. Maloney, Curtis Hieggelke
Website http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=3686