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PRISMS PLUS -- A High School Physics Curriculum
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 9:00 AM -9:30 AM
  Author: Lawrence Escalada, University of Northern Iowa
319-273-2431, Lawrence.Escalada@uni.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivation Students (PRISMS) is a high school physics curriculum that utilizes a learning cycle pedagogy. PRISMS originated in 1982 as a collection of 130 high interest activities related to real-life student experiences. PRISMS was revised and enhanced with funding from the National Science Foundation and made available as PRISMS PLUS. PRISMS PLUS is based on physics education research and the recommendations of national science education initiatives. Students are guided through high-interest activities that engage them in exploring patterns and relationships; formulating concepts based on evidence; and applying these concepts to new phenomena, using the concepts to predict the behavior of physical phenomena. PRISMS PLUS includes more than 40 complete learning cycles with conceptual support materials to help students develop conceptual understanding of the basics physics ideas introduced. PRISMS provides the pedagogy for many of the UNI Physics preparation and professional development programs for science teachers.
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