Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Instruction organized around active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning community.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Teacher Professional DevelopmentReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual, High School Chemistry
Can be adapted for: Teacher Prep Course, Intermediate, Upper-level Undergraduate, Graduate School, any science or mathematics course
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Astronomy, Other Science
Instructor Effort High, Training and practice (a Modeling Workshop) are required to implement this method effectively as the learning environment is discourse-rich and this discourse must be encouraged and managed effectively.
Resource Needs Computers for students, Advanced lab equipment, Tables for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Using multiple representationsReferences coming soon, Designing experiments, Metacognition
Can be adapted for: Lab skills, Making real-world connections, scientific argumentation, scientific reasoning
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon
Studied using: student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, research at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research by multiple groupsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, ISLE, LA Program, MBL, CPU, PUM, Clickers, MOP, PRISMS PLUS, Responsive Teaching
Similar Method None
Developer(s) David Hestenes and Malcolm Wells
Website http://modelinginstruction.org/