Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

A restructuring of the upper division physics program, replacing standard courses on subfields of physics with short courses on the basic principles that broadly underlie these subfields: energy, symmetry, wave motion, rotations and so forth.  Includes novel teaching strategies such as kinesthetic activities, computer simulations, integrated whiteboarding, and other small group activities.  Paradigms course components and teaching strategies can be incorporated into more standard courses.

Type of Method Instructional strategy, Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement, Computer simulations
Level Designed for: Intermediate Undergraduate, Advanced Undergraduate
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Homework
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical
Instructor Effort High
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist, Enjoyment of physics, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around physics
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: retention of studentsReferences coming soon
Studied using: student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CAE TPS, CPU, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, PI QM, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods CU E&M, CU QM
Developer(s) Oregon State University Physics Department
Website http://physics.oregonstate.edu/paradigms