Overview

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Overview

A curriculum for pre-service teachers that engages students in crafting and investigating their own scientific questions in topics that span the scientific disciplines. The course is modeled on a research lab, with students working on projects in small groups and sharing findings during whole-class "research-group" meetings.  While students will learn a significant amount of content, the focus is on developing students' abilities to engage in open scientific inquiry.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: High School, Intro College Conceptual, Other Science
Setting Designed for: LabReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Astronomy, Other Science
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Lab equipment for student use - professional
Skills Designed for: Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, Creativity, Autonomy
Can be adapted for: Conceptual understanding of physics content, Coherent framework for physics
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CPU, Energy Project, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods Energy Project, Responsive Teaching
Developer(s) Leslie Atkins
Website http://phys.csuchico.edu/~ljatkins/SGSI/
Intro Article Student-Generated Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Education Undergraduates: Course Development, Outcomes and Implications