Developed by: Oregon State University Physics Department
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What? Activities for upper-level physics including kinesthetic activities, computer simulations, integrated whiteboarding, and other small group activities. Can be incorporated into a standard course, or used as part of a restructuring of the undergraduate curriculum.
Student skills developed
- Conceptual understanding
- Problem-solving skills
- Lab skills
- Making real-world connections
- Using multiple representations
Instructor effort required
You can download activities, activity sequences, homework problems, and teaching tips for free from the Paradigms in Physics curricular materials website.
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
- at least 1 of the "based on" categories
- at least 1 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
- at least 1 of the "studied using" categories
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
- retention of students
- success of underrepresented groups
- performance in subsequent classes
- cycle of research and redevelopment
- student interviews
- classroom observations
- analysis of written work
- research at multiple institutions
- research by multiple groups
- peer-reviewed publication
- D. Demaree, Applying ISLE Ideas to Active Engagement in the Spins Paradigm, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010.
- P. Emigh, E. Gire, C. Manogue, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer, Research-based quantum instruction: Paradigms and Tutorials, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020156 (2020).
- E. Gire and C. Manogue, Resources Students Use to Understand Quantum Mechanical Operators, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008.
- M. Kustusch, C. Manogue, and E. Price, Design tactics in curriculum development: Examples from the Paradigms in Physics ring cycle, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020145 (2020).
- C. Manogue and E. Gire, Cognitive Development at the Middle-Division Level, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009.
- C. Manogue, P. Siemens, J. Tate, K. Browne, M. Niess, and A. Wolfer, Paradigms in Physics: A new upper-division curriculum, Am. J. Phys. 69 (9), 978 (2001).