Evaluations of Modeling Instruction

EVALUATIONS of funded projects of nationwide scope, by outside experts:

ASU: Modeling Workshop Project: July 22, 1998 site visit to UW River Falls. By Frances Lawrenz, University of Minnesota

ASU: A Graduate Program for Secondary Physics Teachers. July 24-25, 2003 Site Visit Report. By Frances Lawrenz, University of Minnesota

ASU: Master of Natural Science Program. By Eugene Judson (Sept. 2003)

Review of Evaluation Studies of Mathematics and Science Curricula and Professional Development Models, Clewell, Beatriz, Cosentino de Cohen, C., et al (Feb. 20, 2005). Urban Institute study submitted to the GE Foundation in December 2004.

This report found that Modeling Instruction is one of two high school physics programs that are effective in student achievement.


ASU managed grants for Arizona high school physics teachers statewide: final reports.

1998: Physics Modeling Workshops for School Technology Infusion (Eisenhower grant)

1998: Physics Modeling for School Technology
(Arizona Community Foundation)

1999: Physics Modeling for School Technology
Infusion II
(Medtronic Foundation)

2000: Physics Modeling Workshop for School Technology Infusion (Arizona Community Foundation)

2000: Findings of the Modeling Workshop Project 1994-2000

ASU “Improving Teacher Quality” (ITQ) grants for middle school & 9th grade science and math teachers: final reports.

2002: Mesa Public Schools, Peoria USD, Glendale UHSD, Glendale ESD, Washington ESD. Download

2003: Mesa Public Schools. Download

2004 & 2005: 4 metropolitan Phoenix school districts. Download

ASU ITQ grants for Arizona STEM teachers (high school and 8th grade): External Evaluation Reports by Rose Shaw, Ph.D.

2006: Findings of the MNS Project 2002 – 2006

2006-2008: Improving the Quality of Arizona Teachers of Physics, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, and Math (final report)

2008-2010: Improving the Quality of Arizona
Teachers …
(similar grant. 64-page final report)

Excerpts of 2008-2010 ITQ reports

ITQ grant 2008-2010: physics evaluation excerpt by Rose Shaw, Ph.D.
ITQ grant 2008-2010: RTOP Report by Rose Shaw, Ph.D.
ITQ grant 2008-2010: Logic Model by Rose Shaw, Ph.D.

2011 to present: The Boeing Company contributed $20,000 to $40,000 for partial tuition scholarships and program support each summer. Salt River Project, which contributed $10,000 each year for partial tuition scholarships for needy teachers.

ASU report to the Boeing Company for 2012-13

ASU report to the Boeing Company for 2013-14


A Comparison between traditional and “modeling” approaches to undergraduate physics instruction, by James Vesenka et al.(1.4MB in pdf, pages 3 to 7 in Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online, vol. 1, #1. June 2002. www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo)

Effect of Modeling Method Training on Physics Teacher Development in California’s Central Valley by David Andrews, Jaime Arvizu, and James Vesenka. (2004,
3MB in .doc)

Minimizing resistance to inquiry-oriented science instruction: the importance of climate setting, by Carl Wenning and Six years of Modeling Workshops: Three cautionary tales, by James Vesenka. Both are in Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online, vol. 3, #2. Dec. 2005. www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo


The Challenges of Designing and Implementing Effective
Professional Development for Out-of-Field High School Physics Teachers
By Lawrence Escalada and Julia Moeller (Physics Education Research Conference 2006). Teachers learned aspects of Modeling Instruction combined with PRISMS PLUS and RealTime Physics in summers 2002 and 2003.

Physics Modeling Workshop in 2011 at Iowa State University: A Report to Carver Trust in 2012

Physics Modeling Workshops in 2011, 2012, and 2013 at three state universities in Iowa: Final Report to Carver Trust in 2014.


The Fort Hays State University Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) grants for Kansas physics, chemistry, and middle school science teachers:

Publication in 2008: University Partnership to Deliver Professional Development, by Paul Adams, Earl Legleiter, Malonne Davies, Matt Selmars, Zedslav Hrepic, and Beth Waltzer (Science Scope: April/May 2008). Three-week courses in three summers. For rural middle school and high school science teachers.

Final report in 2011: Three-year final report.

Since 2011, Wichita Unified School District has trained more than 50 teachers in Modeling Instruction each summer. It began with a 1-year grant from the Boeing Company.

Wichita USD report to the Boeing Company in 2012


Final report: Missouri Modeling Physics and Technology Education in Science. Prof. Harold H. Harris, University of Missouri – St. Louis (Eisenhower grant, 2000-2001)


Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ: letter
in 2012 about enhanced student achievement
due to Modeling Instruction. The school organized two summer Modeling Workshops in physics and chemistry, for teachers nationwide.


1999-2003: Extended Physics Community
(NSF-funded, 1999-2003). Summary of findings: a section of the final report. Gerald Meisner, Principal Investigator.

2008-2010: External Evaluation Report:

Modeling Workshops in Physics, Chemistry
and Physical Science: 2008-2010
(A state Math-Science Partnership project)

2011-2013: External Evaluation Report:

Modeling Workshops in Physics, Chemistry
and Biology: 2011-2013
(Their 2nd state Math-Science Partnership project)


The Ohio State University ITQ grants for Ohio physics, chemistry, and physical science teachers (high school): External Evaluation Reports.

2007-2008: Modeling Instruction for Physical Science and Chemistry in Ohio. By Jan Upton, Ph.D. and Stephen Maack, Ph.D.

Appendices 3-9

Appendices 12-14

Three three-week Modeling Workshops held in summer 2007 were studied. The Force Concept Inventory post-test mean score was 80% and normalized gain was 0.54.

2011-2012: final report and the accompanying summary of two surveys of participants .

2013-2014: final report and summary of three surveys of participants .

2011: ITQ-funded Modeling Workshop in Physics and Chemistry at Bowling Green State University: final report.


ITQ-funded Modeling Workshops in physics at Black Hills State University: final report and teacher implementation survey . by Prof. Andy Johnson (multiple years through 2011)


2004 and 2005: ITQ-funded Modeling Workshops in physical science at Marquette University: AERA presentation. and Appendices of teacher and student PSCI scores, attitudes, RTOP, and implementation. By Joan Whipp, Michele Korb, Michael Politano, Mel Sabella, David Hammer, & 3 middle school teachers: Kellie Kushner Steiner, Megan Ferger, & Kristie Gettleman. Powerpoint of AERA presentation


TIMSS Physics Achievement Comparison Study, April 2000 (44 pages, 400kB in pdf). Conducted for the National Science Foundation by the TIMSS International Study Center at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. The author is Eugenio Gonzalez <EGonzalez@ets.org>. The six NSF high school programs in the TIMSS study were: Modeling Instruction, PTRA (Physics Teacher Resource Agents: an American
Assn of Physics Teachers program), Physics by Inquiry (at the University of Washington), Constructing Physics Understanding (CPU, at San Diego State University), C3P (at the University of Dallas, TX), and Minds-on Physics (at the University of Massachusetts).

A synopsis of the report is at success stories.

The C3P Project: A Study of Dissemination, Implementation, and Effects, by Kay Thomas (an external evaluation report using the FCI, 1998). (78 pages, 240kB in pdf)

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