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What are ACORN Physics Tutorials?

  • Designed to support learning environments that Attend to Conceptual Resources in Physics. Conceptual resources are “seeds of science” that can grow toward sophisticated understandings with support and cultivation.
  • Based on research about student thinking in introductory physics classrooms.
  • Meant to support sense-making about forces, mechanical waves, circuits, linear momentum, kinematics, and heat and temperature.
  • Supplemented by instructor guides, classroom video cases, and research that can inform and support implementation.

Why use ACORN Physics Tutorials?

  • To enact instruction that treats students as having good ideas that can serve as the basis for instruction. 
    • ACORN Physics Tutorials reliably elicit specific conceptual resources among students in our instructional contexts. 
    • We support you in noticing student resources as they come up and deciding what you might do next.
  • To help your students engage in the disciplinary practice of sense-making about science, as they develop conceptual understandings of forces, mechanical waves, circuits, linear momentum, kinematics, and heat and temperature.

What's Included

  • Worksheets for use in your classes
  • Instructor guides
  • Classroom video cases
  • Materials for a pedagogy course for TAs and LAs