Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Activity-based curriculum for high school physics. Helps students to explore, hone, and link concepts, and to develop analysis and reasoning skills.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: High SchoolReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Prep Course, Teacher Professional Development, Middle School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Simple lab equipment, Tables for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Using multiple representationsReferences coming soon, MetacognitionReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lab skills, Making real-world connections, Designing experiments
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon, research on expert-novice thinking
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon
Studied using: student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon, research at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research by multiple groupsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, TEFA, Clickers
Similar Method None
Developer(s) William J. Gerace, Jose P. Mestre, Robert J. Dufresne, and William J. Leonard
Website http://www.srri.umass.edu/mop