Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

A guided-inquiry conceptual physics course designed to help students develop a deep conceptual understanding of big ideas in physics.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Conceptual
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Lab
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Computers for students, Advanced lab equipment, Cost for students, Tables for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, MetacognitionReferences coming soon, Using multiple representations
Can be adapted for: Making real-world connections
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, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CPU
Similar Methods PBI, PSET, LEPS
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg, Valerie Otero and Steve Robinson
Website http://petproject.sdsu.edu/