Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Instruction organized around active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning community.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Teacher Professional DevelopmentReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual, High School Chemistry
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Intermediate, Upper-level, Graduate School, any science or mathematics course
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Astronomy, Other Science
Instructor Effort High, Training and practice (a Modeling Workshop) are required to implement this method effectively as the learning environment is discourse-rich and this discourse must be encouraged and managed effectively.
Resource Needs Computers for students, Advanced lab equipment, Tables for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Using multiple representationsReferences coming soon, Designing experiments, Metacognition
Can be adapted for: Lab skills, Making real-world connections, scientific argumentation, scientific reasoning
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, traditional problem-solving abilityReferences 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, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, ISLE, LA Program, MBL, CPU, PUM, Clickers, MOP, PRISMS PLUS, Responsive Teaching
Similar Method None
Developer(s) David Hestenes and Malcolm Wells
Website http://modelinginstruction.org/