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From Questions to Concepts: Interactive Teaching in Physics

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Don't Lecture Me | American RadioWorks by Emily Hanford College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers. Lecturing was invented as a way to share information in a time before books were widely available. The traditional college lecture has never been a good way to learn. In the past 30 years, scientists have discovered a lot about how people learn. The Tomorrow's College series is funded by a grant from Lumina Foundation, which is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college, and by a grant from the Spencer Foundation, which is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education.

Le jour où la proviseure a interdit les cours Le lycée Jean-Jaurès d’Argenteuil, c’est un établissement qui joue la polyvalence jusqu’au bout. Un lycée ZEP, dont le caractère industriel et scientifique est affirmé. 80 % de garçons, de bons résultats aux examens, un dynamisme pédagogique plutôt marqué, une assez bonne image. Tout semble bien aller et pourtant... C’est une montée de signes de non-adhésion à l’école parmi les élèves (absentéisme grandissant, agressivité en cours allant jusqu’au refus agressif de « jouer le jeu » dans certaines classes) qui nous a alertés. Et qui nous a fait émettre une hypothèse : les élèves n’ont pas de plaisir à être à l’école, celle-ci n’a pas de sens pour eux, à moins que le signe qu’elle renvoie ne soit que l’on ne veut pas d’eux ! Malaise... À partir de ce constat, nous avons organisé une demi-journée de réflexion mêlant professeurs, délégués et quelques parents, préparée par le comité de pilotage du projet d’établissement. une semaine de rupture Un sentiment de réussite Annie TobatyProviseure

The Modeling Method: a Synopsis | American Modeling Teachers Association The Modeling Method has been developed to correct many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Coherent Instructional Objectives Student-Centered Instructional Design Instruction is organized into modeling cycles which move students through all phases of model development, evaluation and application in concrete situations — thus promoting an integrated understanding of modeling processes and acquisition of coordinated modeling skills.The teacher sets the stage for student activities, typically with a demonstration and class discussion to establish common understanding of a question to be asked of nature.

The Problem with Lecturing Back in the late 1970s a colleague came to David Hestenes with a problem. The two of them were physics professors at Arizona State University. Hestenes was teaching mostly graduate students, but his colleague was teaching introductory physics, and the students in his classes were not doing well. Semester after semester, the class average on his exams never got above about 40 percent. "And I noted that the reason for that was that his examination questions were mostly qualitative, requiring understanding of the concepts," says Hestenes. Most professors didn't test for this kind of understanding; students just had to solve problems to pass the exams. This observation prompted a series of conversations between Hestenes and his colleague about the difference between being able to solve problems and really understanding the concepts behind those problems. Testing Understanding They developed a multiple-choice test, now known as the Force Concept Inventory, or FCI. Taking It to Heart

A Physics Microcosm | Constructivist Physics Teaching Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught It's a typical scene: a few minutes before 11:00 on a Tuesday morning and about 200 sleepy-looking college students are taking their seats in a large lecture hall - chatting, laughing, calling out to each other across the aisles. Class begins with a big "shhhh" from the instructor. This is an introductory chemistry class at a state university. Students in this class say the instructor is one of the best lecturers in the department. Student Marly Dainton says she doesn't think she'll remember much from this class. "I'm going to put it to short-term memory," she says. One of the Oldest Teaching Methods Research conducted over the past few decades shows it's impossible for students to take in and process all the information presented during a typical lecture, and yet this is one of the primary ways college students are taught, particularly in introductory courses. It's a tradition going back thousands of years. Redish is trying to change the way college students are taught. How People Learn

iModel iBlog | Thoughts and Ramblings on Modeling Instruction and Standards Based Grading The effects of school quality on long-term health Volume 30, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 1320–1333 Special Issue: Economic Returns to Education Edited By Colm Harmon and Matt Dickson Abstract In this paper I estimate the relationship between school quality and mortality. Highlights ► I examine the relationship between school quality and mortality. ► School quality is measured by the pupil–teacher ratio, length of term, and teacher wage. ► I find that increasing school quality increases the health return to education. ► There is also a direct relationship between school quality and overall mortality rates. JEL classification Keywords Educational economics; Rate of return Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Science Education Correlations and Scatter Plots September 14, 2014 After a couple of hand-graphs, my students use their TI 83/84 calculator for graphing. We set the calculators so they give an “R squared” correlation, which we often use to help determine which regression type (linear, quadratic, power) fits the data the best. Many of my students have a hard time understanding the nature of […] Read the full article → If a nucleus is full of positively charged protons, why doesn’t it fly apart? March 27, 2014 In my physical science class this week, I realized the textbook was introducing the structure of the atom and positive and negative charges, but not answering addressing the clear question that follows the presented information is “what the heck keeps all those protons together in the nucleus?” Read the full article →