Modeling Instruction, under continuous development since 1990 under the leadership of David Hestenes (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Arizona State University), corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method of teaching science, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike traditional approaches to teaching science, in which students wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling Instruction organizes each course around a small number of scientific models that form the content core of the discipline, thus making the course coherent. It applies structured inquiry techniques to the teaching of basic skills: (the Next Generation Science Standards call these Science and Engineering Practices) in mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection and analysis.. Continue reading Welcome
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Matt Greenwolfe, a long-time physics modeler, recently had an article published in The Physics Teacher (April 2015) describing a robotic kinematics apparatus he designed. Students program the robot by drawing kinematic graphs on a computer and then observe its motion. The full article is available on the Publications and Report page under the [Research] tab. Enjoy.
Here is a link to David Hestenes’ editorial which appears in the Feb 2015 edition of AJP.
Posted with the permission of AAPT
Am. J. Phys. 83, 101 (2015); http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4904763+
If you have trouble opening the article using the link given above, here is another place it can be found.
Modeling teachers are often asked how well Modeling Instruction aligns with the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices. A group of modelers worked on such a document and now it’s ready for members to download. We hope it proves helpful to Modeling teachers in their discussions with curriculum directors and other teachers.