Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Carefully structured sequences of multiple-choice questions designed for use with classroom communication systems such as flash cards and clickers. Questions emphasize qualitative reasoning and multiple representations (graphs, diagrams, etc.), and are accompanied by lecture notes, exams, and free-response worksheets designed for use in the environment of a large-enrollment class.  The conceptual "step-size" from one question to the next is fairly small, ideal for students with less preparation.

Type of Method Instructional strategy, Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intermediate Undergraduate
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Flash cards
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around 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
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods Peer Instruction, CAE TPS, TEFA, PI QM
Developer(s) David E. Meltzer and Kandiah Manivannan
Website http://physicseducation.net
Intro Article Transforming the lecture-hall environment: The fully interactive physics lecture