This material is an instructor's guide to using The Physics Suite. Although this book is intended to be the Instructor's Guide for The Physics Suite book, it is more about how to be an effective teacher not only in physics but also in other content areas. It is not a review of specific topics in physics with hints for how to teach them and lists of what common student difficulties are. Rather,it is a handbook with a variety of tools for improving both 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.
Type of Material:
This material can be used as a handbook with a variety of tools for improving both 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.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
To expose physics teachers to recent developments in physics education.
To provide a variety of tools for improving both teaching
and learning of physics.
Teachers design a set of teaching tools that enhance their instruction in the physics high school and undergraduate classroom based on pedagogical and methodological criteria rather than just physics content standards. Students discover that learning physics is more than just memorizing and performing a series of calculations and experiments. Preservice teachers, particularly those in secondary science education preparation programs, develop a deeper understanding of more effective ways to teach physics and the other sciences at the secondary level.
Target Student Population:
high school and undergraduate physics instructors; science methods educators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This book is a “teacher-to-teacher” discussion in which the author presents what he has learned in three ways: as research results with data and citations where they are available, as illustrative anecdotal examples from his own experience, and as general principles, guidelines, and heuristics that he found helpful. It is a practical guide to teaching physics based on experience. It is an innovative and comprehensive model of cognitive theory using the student as basis for the model. It examines the hidden curriculum in physics; it critiques traditional lecture-based instruction and provides suggestions for improving it.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This material is based on on well-documented scholarship, the foundation is broadly applicable. As such, this book can help you to teach better even if you do not adopt a single item from The Physics Suite. It can be readily integrated into the curriculum and pedagogy of physics.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website is simple and easy to navigate.
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