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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.
The links in the title bar above provide educators with the resources to successfully implement modeling instruction in their schools. Students and parents who want to know more about Modeling Instruction and how to succeed in a Modeling classroom can find links to information about how this approach differs from conventional instruction under the [About] menu. Anyone interested in articles about findings and evaluation instruments can find useful links under the [Research] menu.
- Click this link for a more detailed description of Modeling Instruction.
- Click this link to see the benefits of membership.
- Click this link for a copy of our brochure.
- Next Generation Science Standards released 4/10/2013 Click here to have a look. Download a B/W poster of Science & Engineering practices suitable to give to your colleagues and students.