Overview

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Overview

A guided-inquiry conceptual physical science course designed to help students develop a deep conceptual understanding of big ideas.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Professional Development
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon, Lecture - Small (<30 students)
Can be adapted for: Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Projector, Computers for students, Advanced lab equipment, Cost for students, Tables for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, MetacognitionReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Making real-world connections, Using multiple representations
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, beliefs and attitudesReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CPU
Similar Methods PBI, PET, LEPS
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg, Rebecca Kruse, Steve Robinson, Valerie Otero and Nephi Thompson
Website http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/web/pset/