Overview

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Overview

Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) PLUS is a high school physics curriculum and professional development program that utilizes a learning cycle pedagogy. PRISMS PLUS utilizes high interest activities that integrates inexpensive and easily accessible materials with instructional technologies in an approach in which students are provided experiences to explore physical phenomena prior to being introduced to the physics ideas related to the phenomena.

Type of Method Instructional strategy, Full curriculum
Level Designed for: High SchoolReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional Development
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Middle School, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Teachers can select from many topics, but only cover a few in depth.
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Computers for student use in class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Lab equipment for student use - simple
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, CreativityReferences coming soon, Think like a scientist, Self-confidence around physics, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Designing experiments, Autonomy
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physics, Reflecting on one's own learning, Laboratory skills
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon, research into instructional practice
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, traditional problem-solving abilityReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Modeling, CPU
Similar Method None
Developer(s) Lawrence Escalada, Roy Unruh, Timothy Cooney, and master high school physics teachers
Website http://www.uni.edu/prisms/prisms/prisms-plus