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Spiral Physics is a research based introductory physics curriculum.  It  integrates text and workbook activities in a modular fashion, and arranges topics so that students receive repeated exposure to concepts with increased complexity. It makes use of alternative problem types, including goal-less problem statements, ranking tasks, and critical analysis.  This resource includes a full curriculum for algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics, as well as a course curriculum for Electricity and Magnetism.

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NAEP measures the science knowledge and skills of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students. According to the NAEP science framework, developed by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), students are to be assessed in science in the following areas:  Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Scientific Investigation, Practical Reasoning, and Conceptual Understanding.

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This book summarizes the current cognitive, neurological, and educational research into how humans learn.  It explores scientific approaches to the improvement of teaching and learning.  Topics include how people obtain, store, and recall information, neural processes essential to learning, brain development, and how understanding can be maximized through best practice instruction.


This book, published in 2005 by the National Academies Press, investigates factors that influence a high school laboratory experience:  What does research tell us about learning in high school science labs?  What is effective laboratory teaching?  What changes need to be made to improve laboratory experiences for high school students?  A must-read for high school physics teachers.

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This resource is a free on-line version of the  Benchmarks compiled and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  It is a set of research-based standards of what all students should know and be able to do in science, mathematics, and technology by the end of grades 2, 5, 8, and 12.  Links to recent cognitive research are available for each benchmark.