Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Modeling Instruction is a guided-inquiry interactive-engagement method of physics teaching that organizes instruction around building, testing and applying the handful of scientific models that represent the content core of physics. The conceptual coherence afforded by the Modeling Method corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world.

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 Undergraduate, Advanced Undergraduate, Graduate, Astronomy, 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 student use in class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around physics, Designing experiments
Can be adapted for: Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Enjoyment of physics, Laboratory skills, Creativity, Autonomy, 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/