Indicates a researchdemonstrated benefit
Overview
A restructuring of the upper division physics program, replacing standard courses on subfields of physics with short courses on the basic principles that broadly underlie these subfields: energy, symmetry, wave motion, rotations and so forth. Includes novel teaching strategies such as kinesthetic activities, computer simulations, integrated whiteboarding, and other small group activities. Paradigms course components and teaching strategies can be incorporated into more standard courses.
Type of Method  Instructional strategy, Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement, Computer simulations  

Level  Designed for: Intermediate, Upperlevel  
Setting 
Designed for:
Lecture  Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Homework
Can be adapted for: Lecture  Large (30+ students), Studio 

Coverage  Many topics with less depth  
Topics  Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical  
Instructor Effort  High  
Skills 
Designed for:
Problemsolving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist, Enjoyment of physics, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Reflecting on one's own learning, Selfconfidence around physics 

Research Validation 
Based on research into:
how students learn,
student ideas about specific topics Demonstrated to improve: retention of students Studied using: student interviews, classroom observations, video of students, analysis of written work 

Compatible Methods  Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALEUP, OSP, LA Program, CAE TPS, CPU, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, PI QM, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching  
Similar Methods  CU E&M, CU QM  
Developer(s)  Oregon State University Physics Department  
Website  http://physics.oregonstate.edu/paradigms 