Overview

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Overview

A laboratory-based guided-inquiry curriculum that helps future and current teachers develop deep understanding of physics content and scientific reasoning skills. Through in-depth study of simple physical systems and their interactions, students gain direct experience with the process of science. Starting from their own observations, they develop basic physical concepts, use and interpret different forms of scientific representations, and construct explanatory models with predictive capability.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional DevelopmentReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual
Can be adapted for: Pre-intro course for underprepared students
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Astronomy
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Cost for students, Tables arranged for group work, Very well-trained instructors, minimal equipment for experiments
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around physics, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Designing experiments, Ability to teach by inquiry
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, teacher RTOP scores
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods JiTT, SCALE-UP, LA Program, Diagnoser
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, PET, PSET
Developer(s) Lillian C. McDermott, Peter S. Shaffer and the Physics Education Group at UW
Website http://www.phys.washington.edu/groups/peg/pbi.html