Overview

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Overview

PUM is a physics/physical science curriculum that strongly links middle and high school physics curricula and builds on the intrinsic mathematical reasoning to develop and strengthen students' mathematical concepts at the pre-algebra, algebra and algebra 2 levels. PUM curriculum consists of logically connected modules that allow students to build their conceptual understanding of physics concepts, develop relevant mathematical reasoning and simultaneously learn how to think like scientists.

Type of Method Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: High SchoolReferences coming soon, Middle School
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Homework
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Projector in class, Computers for student use in class, Computers for student use outside of class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Designing experiments, Creativity
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Autonomy
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, laboratory skillsReferences 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
Compatible Methods JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, ISLE, CPU
Similar Methods ISLE
Developer(s) Eugenia Etkina, Suzanne Brahmia, Chis D'Amato, James Finley, Jim Flakker, Danielle Bugge, Richard Therkorn
Website http://pum.rutgers.edu
Intro Article Searching for Evidence of Student Understanding