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, Millikan award lecture: Students of physics—Listeners, observers, or collaborative participants in physics scientific practices?, Am. J. Phys. 83 (8), 669 (2015).
- E. Etkina and A. Van Heuvelen, Investigative Science Learning Environment - A Science Process Approach to Learning Physics, in Research-Based Reform of University Physics (2007), Vol. 1.
- 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.