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Date: Tuesday, August 02

 

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Research-based Pedagogy in the High School
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  Presider: Daniel Crowe,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Modeling Instruction in the High Schools: A Research-based Curriculum
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
  Author: Dwain M. Desbien, Estrella Mountain CC
623-935-8474, dwain.desbien@emcmail.maricopa.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: This talk will focus on the Modeling Theory of Physics as developed by the modeling group at ASU (led by David Hestenes). I will discuss the research underpinnings of the curriculum, the curriculum itself, and the models used in the curriculum. Discussion of the workshops where teachers can learn the modeling technique will be discussed and information on how to apply will be given. Finally some results from the modeling workshop project on student learning will be given.
  Footnotes: None
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PRISMS PLUS -- A High School Physics Curriculum
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:00AM - 9:30AM
  Author: Lawrence T. 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.
  Footnotes: None
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Helping Your Students Learn Physics and Think Like Scientists
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:30AM - 10:00AM
  Author: Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University
732-932-7496, eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: We often spend the first week of classes teaching our students how science works and then switch to our traditional delivery mode telling them what the laws of physics are and how to use them to solve back-of-the-chapter problems. Is it possible for our students to learn physics concepts and laws by actually practicing science? What does it mean to practice science in a high school classroom? In this talk I will describe two curricula, "Investigative Science Learning Environment" (ISLE) and Physics Union Mathematics (PUM), that engage your students in the processes mirroring scientific practice when learning physics. These curricula help them experience physics first hand as their own creation. They engage the students in data collection and analysis, help them learn how to devise their own explanations, how to test them with new experiments, and how to make meaningful connections to mathematics.
  Footnotes: None
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