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Where can I find good activities for small group discussions?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director
Nearly all research-based teaching methods in physics involve some kind of small group discussions of challenging conceptual activities. Finding good activities is an important component of making small group discussions work in your class. This recommendation includes links to collections where you can find activities to use in your class.

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active learning, SCALE-UP, Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment, clickers, cooperative groups

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How are research-based assessment instruments developed and validated?


by Adrian Madsen, Sarah B. McKagan and Eleanor C. Sayre
This article discusses the process of developing and validating research-based assessment instruments in the physics and astronomy education research community.

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assessment, concept inventories, concept inventories

Which mechanics research-based assessment should I use in my class?


by Adrian Madsen, Sarah B. McKagan, Eleanor C. Sayre
This article discusses and compares 11 research-based assessments in kinematics and forces, energy, rotation and density to help instructors choose one to use in their introductory course. It also discusses one assessment for intermediate mechanics.

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assessment, concept inventories, mechanics, kinematics, energy, rotation, density

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