Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite CD
February 2003, ©2003
Written by one of the leaders of the Physics Education Research (PER) movement, Teaching Physics is a book for anyone interested in learning how to become a more effective physics teacher.
Rather than reviewing specific topics in physics with hints for how to teach them and lists of common student difficulties, Teaching Physics presents a variety of tools for improving both the teaching and learning of physics--from new kinds of homework and exam problems, to surveys for figuring out what has happened in your class, to tools for taking and analyzing data using computers and video.
Teaching Physics is a companion guide to using the Physics Suite, an integrated collection of research-based instructional materials for lecture, laboratory, recitation, and workshop/studio environments. But even if you don't use a single element from the Suite, Teaching Physics can help you enhance your students' learning experience.
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.