Overview

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Overview

A curriculum designed to supplement traditional instruction in introductory calculus-based physics. It consists of guided-inquiry worksheets that students complete in small groups during recitation sections, along with homework, pretests, and exam questions. Instructors engage with students using Socratic dialog. These tutorials use an Elicit-Confront-Resolve model in which questions elicit known student difficulties and then help students to confront and resolve these difficulties.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Tutorials
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, High School
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon, Homework
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Lecture - Small (<30 students), Lab
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Cost for students, Tables arranged for group work, minimal equipment for experiments, butcher paper or white boards at each table
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Reflecting on one's own learning
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
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods ABP Tutorials, OST Tutorials, PBI, Lecture-Tutorials, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Tutorials
Developer(s) Lillian C. McDermott, Peter S. Shaffer and the Physics Education Group at UW
Website http://www.phys.washington.edu/groups/peg/tut.html