Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Design labs in which students learn how to produce, analyze, and evaluate scientific evidence. Each lab consists of a simple question for students to answer experimentally. There is no lab manual or instructions for how to answer the question. They work in groups to design an experiment, carry it out, analyze it, and present their results for discussion with the other students in the class.  They critique each other's experiments and then evaluate how to improve their experiments.

Type of Method Instructional strategy, Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Conceptual, Intermediate Undergraduate, Advanced Undergraduate, Astronomy, Other Science
Setting Designed for: LabReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Lab equipment for student use - professional, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, Laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Creativity, Autonomy, engage in sensemaking
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: metacognitive skillsReferences coming soon, laboratory skillsReferences coming soon
Studied using: classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, TEFA, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods RealTime Physics, Tools for Scientific Thinking
Developer(s) Rebecca Lippmann Kung, Paul Gresser, and Joe Redish
Website http://umdperg.pbworks.com/w/page/10511229/Scientific-Community-Labs