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The Physics Teacher
written by Priscilla W. Laws, Maxine Willis, and David R. Sokoloff
This article describes the 25-year history of development of the activity-based Workshop Physics (WP) at Dickinson College, its adaptation for use at Gettysburg Area High School, and its synergistic influence on curricular materials developed at the University of Oregon and Tufts University and vice versa. WP and these related curricula: 1) are based on Physics Education Research (PER) findings and are PER-validated; 2) feature active, collaborative learning; and 3) use computer-based tools that enable students to learn by making predictions and then collecting, displaying, and analyzing data from their experiments. Research has shown that Workshop Physics courses at Dickinson College and other institutions that have adopted it have achieved impressive learning gains in introductory physics topics known to be difficult for students to master. The same is true for related curricula described in this article such as Interactive Lecture Demonstrations and RealTime Physics laboratories.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 53, Issue 7, Pages 401-406
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Curriculum Development
- Technology
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- Lower Undergraduate
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© 2015 American Association of Physics Teachers
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10.1119/1.4931006
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P. Laws, M. Willis, and D. Sokoloff, Phys. Teach. 53 (7), 401 (2015), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931006).
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P. Laws, M. Willis, and D. Sokoloff, Workshop Physics and Related Curricula: A 25-Year History of Collaborative Learning Enhanced by Computer Tools for Observation and Analysis, Phys. Teach. 53 (7), 401 (2015), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931006>.
APA Format
Laws, P., Willis, M., & Sokoloff, D. (2015, September 17). Workshop Physics and Related Curricula: A 25-Year History of Collaborative Learning Enhanced by Computer Tools for Observation and Analysis. Phys. Teach., 53(7), 401-406. Retrieved December 5, 2021, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931006
Chicago Format
Laws, P, M. Willis, and D. Sokoloff. "Workshop Physics and Related Curricula: A 25-Year History of Collaborative Learning Enhanced by Computer Tools for Observation and Analysis." Phys. Teach. 53, no. 7, (September 17, 2015): 401-406, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931006 (accessed 5 December 2021).
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Laws, Priscilla, Maxine Willis, and David Sokoloff. "Workshop Physics and Related Curricula: A 25-Year History of Collaborative Learning Enhanced by Computer Tools for Observation and Analysis." Phys. Teach. 53.7 (2015): 401-406. 5 Dec. 2021 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931006>.
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