Learning Physical Science

developed by: Fred Goldberg, Stephen Robinson, Edward Price, Rebecca Kruse, Danielle Boyd Harlow and Michael McKean

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 Intro College Conceptual

Mechanics  Electricity / Magnetism  Thermal / Statistical
Lecture - Large (30+ students)  Lecture - Small (<30 students)

What? A guided-inquiry, conceptual physical science course intended for teaching in a lecture-style environment, e.g. classes with large enrollment. Helps students develop a deep understanding of main ideas from physical science as well as the nature of science and the nature of learning.

Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
Can be adapted for:
  • Making real-world connections

Instructor effort required

  • Low

Resources required

  • Clickers / polling method
  • Projector
  • Computers for students
  • Cost for students

Developer's website: LEPS
This is the lowest level of research validation, corresponding to at least one of the validation categories below.

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • theories of how students learn
  • student ideas about specific topics

Demonstrated to Improve:

  • conceptual understanding
  • problem-solving skills
  • lab skills
  • beliefs and attitudes
  • attendance
  • retention of students
  • success of underrepresented groups
  • performance in subsequent classes

Studied using:

  • cycle of research and redevelopment
  • student interviews
  • classroom observations
  • analysis of written work
  • research at multiple institutions
  • research by multiple groups
  • peer-reviewed publication