Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite CD
February 2003, ©2003
Teaching Physics includes:
an introduction to the cognitive model of thinking and learning that underlies modern physics education research
principles and guidelines for making use of and understanding the implications of this cognitive model for the classroom
a discussion of formative and summative evaluation with a variety of "thinking problems" useful for homework and exams
a discussion of assessment of the success of instruction using research-based concept and attitude surveys
discussion of 11 research-based curricular materials for use in lecture, lab, recitation, and workshops environments
tips and guidelines for how to improve your instruction
In addition, the book comes with a Resource CD containing 14 conceptual and 3 attitude surveys, more than 250 thinking problems covering all areas of introductory physics, resource materials from commercial vendors on use of computerized data acquisition and video, and a variety of other useful reference materials.
Chapter 2. Cognitive Principles and Guidelines for Instruction.
Chapter 3. There's More than Content to a Physics Course: The Hidden Curriculum.
Chapter 4. Extending our Assessments: Homework and Testing.
Chapter 5. Evaluating our Instruction: Surveys.
Chapter 6. Instructional Implications: Some effective teaching methods.
Chapter 7. Lecture-Based Methods.
Chapter 8. Recitation and Laboratory-Based Methods.
Chapter 9. Workshop and Studio Methods.
Chapter 10. Using the Physics Suite.
Appendix (on Resource CD).
- An accompanying Resource CD contains 14 conceptual and 3 attitude surveys, more than 250 thinking problems covering all areas of introductory physics, resource materials from commercial vendors on the use of computerized data acquisition and video, and a variety of other useful reference materials.
- Reviews recent developments in physics education and PER research.
- Offers tips and guidelines on how to improve physics instruction.
- Introduces the structure and underlying educational philosophy of the Physics Suite.
- Presents the most relevant finding from cognitive science and explains how the cognitive model of thinking and learning can be used to inform and improve physics education.
- Shows how to assess individual student's learning and evaluate the success of instruction using research-based concept and attitude surveys.
- Includes 11 research-based curricular materials for use in lecture, lab, recitation, and workshop environments.
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