Overview

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Overview

Guided-inquiry worksheets for use in small groups in introductory physics courses. These tutorials emphasize refining students' productive intuitions and developing metacognitive thinking. Tutorials come with resources to help instructors modify them effectively and train teaching assistants: comments from developers, advice from experienced instructors, annotated video clips of students using the materials, homework and solutions, complete instructors' guides, pretests, and exam questions.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, TA/faculty professional development
Can be adapted for: High School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Conceptual, LA development
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon, Homework
Can be adapted for: LabReferences coming soon, Lecture - Large (30+ students), Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Pedagogy
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Reflecting on one's own learning, Reconcile intuitions and everyday experiences with formal physics knowledge
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist
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, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences 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 Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, ABP Tutorials, Lecture-Tutorials, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Tutorials
Developer(s) Rachel E. Scherr and Andrew Elby
Website http://www.spu.edu/depts/physics/tcp/tadevelopment.asp