Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Conceptual exercises that present learners with a series of pictures or diagrams that describe several slightly different variations of a basic physical situation. Students are then asked to make a comparative judgment and to identify the order or ranking of the various situations based on some physical outcome or result. The multiple scenarios engage students' minds and force them to think more deeply about the critical features that distinguish one situation from another.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: AstronomyReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon, Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session, Homework, Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Astronomy
Instructor Effort Low
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding
Can be adapted for: Enjoyment of physics
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, attitudes about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, CPU, TEFA, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods Ranking Tasks, TIPERs, Lecture-Tutorials
Developer(s) David Hudgins, Kevin Lee, and Edward Prather
Website http://astro.unl.edu/interactives/