Links to a wide variety of papers/presentations/projects/equipment recommendations useful to modelers can be found on this page. Teachers looking for specific course curricula and assessments to use in their classrooms should follow the link to Instructional resources fund under the Teachers tab.
- Discourse in the modeling classroomFraming discourse for optimal learning in science and mathematics – excerpts from Ph.D. dissertation of Colleen Megowan
Strategies to convince students to value and use models (Powerpoint by Matt Greenwolfe)
Rules for Circle Whiteboarading – John Griffith
Whiteboarding in the college & HS classroom – Dan MacIsaac
Question Their Answers – Brenda Royce (TPT 2004)
Questioning Strategies for K-12 Science (from California K-12 Alliance inspired by Don Yost’s many K-12 workshops, 2006)
Using Interactive Whiteboarding to Enhance Student Learning – Patty Blanton (TPT 2008)
- Naive conceptions and how to address themPreconceptions in Mechanics (description) – Charles Camp & John Clement (2nd ed., 2009). Order from the AAPT. Click on “store” then search on “preconceptions”.
Force Conception taxonomy (Hestenes, 1992)
Motion Conception taxonomy (Hestenes & Halloun, 1985)
Beyond Appearances: Students’ Misconceptions about Basic Chemical Ideas – Vanessa Barker Kind (Royal Chemical Society)
Alternate Conceptions in Chemistry, by Christopher Horton (Updated March 2009)
Biology alternative conceptions in K-16, by Kathleen Fisher’s group at San Diego State University
- Energy: Instructional Resources and PresentationsCognitive Resources for Understanding Energy – Gregg Swackhamer’s draft paper on how poorly energy is conceptualized and how we can improve (2005).
Dimensions of Energy – Gregg Swackhamer’s 2-page definition of energy in terms of many statements about it.
Energy Concept Inventory – Gregg Swackhamer’s PowerPoint presentation at Summer-03 AAPT meeting
Temperature, Heating, and Thermal Energy – Sorting Things Out! – Patricia Westphal adds to Gregg Swackhamer’s thoughts on energy storage and transfer (2003).
A Coherent Approach to Energy – Larry Dukerich’s PowerPoint presentation at Summer-03 AAPT meeting
- Other Instructional ResourcesSystem Schemas– Draft of Lou’s article published in The Physics Teacher (2003)
Using the System Schema Representational Tool to Promote Student Understanding of Newton’s Third Law – Brant Hinrichs (2004)
Experimental Design and Graphical Analysis of Data – Rex Rice and Mark Schober (2000)
Gender, Text, and Discussion: Examining Intellectual Safety in the Science Classroom – Barbara Guzzetti and Wayne Williams. A case study on how to create gender equity in a modeling classroom.
Effect of HS Physics Classroom on Female Learners – Laura Robertson
4 Articles by Edward Wyrembeck, an expert modeler in Wisconsin:
Investigating an Aerial Image – with Jeff Elmer (2006)
Modeling the Behavior of Light with a Light Cone (2006)
Inductively Modeling Parallel, Normal, and Frictional Forces (2005)
A Student-Centered Interactive Color Quiz (2003)
Teaching Kepler’s laws as more than empirical statements – Ellis Noll (2002)
Rounding Up Students’ Conceptions on Circular Motion – Shannon McLaughlin (2006)
Graphs as a Problem-Solving Tool in 1-D Kinematics – Dwain Desbien (2008)
A Simple Demonstration of Back emf – Lou Turner (TPT 2009)
Teaching Cell Phones & Wireless Communications – Mark Davids, Don Pata, & Rick Forrest (TPT, 2010)
- Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Degrees ThesesModeling Instruction in High School Physics – Malcom Wells (29 pages of excerpts-1987)
“Modeling Discourse Management – Dwain Desbien (107 pg dissertation 2002 or download 24-page excerpt
Inclusion of the energy thread in college modeling instruction – Eric Brewe (182 pg dissertation-2002)
Proportional reasoning I: empirical study — Shannon Mclaughlin (20 pg article adapted from thesis, 2003)
Proportional reasoning II: theoretical background — Shannon Mclaughlin (14 pg article 2003)
Perceptions of physics teachers who have participated in a constructivist in-service experience – Walter Snow (227 pg dissertation 2002 – a study of six modelers)
Modeling-style labs in college physics – Glen Davenport (54 pages, 2005, University of Maine)
- Real-World Applications, EngineeringPaul Bianchi’s energy project
Art Zadrozny’s alternative energy project
Engineering & Science shared modeling cycle (by Andrew Stillman)
Robotics courses: resources (compiled by Bob Warzeski)
Brenda Gelinas’ nuclear fallout project in chemistry (done after the Fukushima disaster in 2011)