Overview

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Overview

The Explorations in Physics Project is a major effort to increase the effectiveness of science education for future elementary school teachers, parents, and citizens by developing a sequence of introductory, activity-based, laboratory courses. We seek to integrate the use of guided-inquiry techniques with self-directed projects in order to help students acquire a more fundamental understanding of the nature of science.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Computers for student use in class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Tables arranged for group work, Studio classroom
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Self-confidence around physics, Laboratory skills, Designing experiments, Creativity
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, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, MBL, CPU
Similar Methods Workshop Physics, SCALE-UP, MBL
Developer(s) David P. Jackson, Priscilla W. Laws, and Scott V. Franklin
Website http://physics.dickinson.edu/~eip_web/eip_homepage.html