Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

An integrated learning environment in which the space is carefully designed to facilitate interactions between teams of students who work on short, interesting tasks.  Students work in small groups around round tables on hands-on activities, questions, simulations, or laboratories.  All course components are mixed together; there is no separate lab class and most of the "lectures" are actually class-wide discussions.

Type of Method Classroom structure
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, AstronomyReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional Development, Intro College Conceptual, Intermediate Undergraduate, Other Science
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical, Astronomy, Other Science
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Studio classroom
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, Self-confidence around physicsReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist, working in groups
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, traditional problem-solving abilityReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon, metacognitive skillsReferences coming soon, laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, retention of studentsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, Modeling, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, PBI, PET, PSET, LEPS, CAE TPS, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Energy Project, SGSI, Paradigms, PUM, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, PI QM, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, MOP, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods Workshop Physics, EiP
Developer(s) Robert Beichner
Website http://scaleup.ncsu.edu/