Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Students work in small groups using structured problem-solving strategy to solve complex context-rich problems that are too difficult for any one student to solve individually.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Any
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical, Astronomy, Other Science
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Group work
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
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, traditional problem-solving abilityReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Paradigms, Tools for Scientific Thinking, PI QM, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, MOP, Responsive Teaching
Similar Method Context-Rich Problems
Developer(s) University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group
Website http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CGPS/CGPSintro.htm