Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE)

Resources, training, & community

Developer's website: ISLE

Intro Article: D. Brookes, E. Etkina, and G. Planinsic, Implementing an epistemologically authentic approach to student-centered inquiry learning, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020148 (2020).

Book describing the approach: E. Etkina, D. Brookes, and G. Planinsic, Investigative Science Learning Environment: When learning physics mirrors doing physics, (2019).

More articles describing the ISLE approach:


  • E. Etkina, G. Planinsic, and A. Van Heuvelen, College Physics: Explore and Apply, (Pearson, New York, 2019): A textbook based on ISLE that will guide you through the ISLE process step-by-step, offer lots of real-life applications, examples of problem solving, and non-traditional problems. Includes a FREE instructor guide.
  • E. Etkina, D. Brookes, G. Planinsic, and A. Van Heuvelen, Active Learning Guide (ALG), (Pearson, New York, 2019): A FREE set of activities and problems that can be used in lectures, recitations, labs, and homework for concept construction, testing and applications.
  • E. Etkina, D. Brookes, G. Planinsic, and A. Van Heuvelen, Instructor Resource Materials, (Pearson, New York, 2019): A FREE instructor guide that lists general and content specific learning objectives for each chapter, describes common student difficulties, lists non-traditional problems, explains the logic of the material flow, the nuances of representations and language we use; it provides suggestions for instructors related to the sequence and implementation of the activities, student difficulties and cues the instructors on where the activities should be used.

Community: To become a part of the community of teachers implementing ISLE, join the Facebook group
Exploring and Applying Physics”. When you ask to join, do not forget to answer the question.


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