Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

A set of worksheet-driven small-group learning activities emphasizing the connection between mathematics and physics and using computer-based tools to help in easy data gathering.  Designed to supplement traditional instruction in introductory calculus-based physics.  Instructors engage with students using Socratic dialog.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Tutorials
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: High School, Intro College Algebra-based
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Computers for student use in 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, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physicsReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around 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
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, 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, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, OST Tutorials, Lecture-Tutorials, MBL, New Model Course, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Tutorials
Developer(s) Michael C. Wittmann, Richard N. Steinberg, Edward F. Redish, and the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Maryland
Website http://perlnet.umaine.edu/abt/