Chapter 11: Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: Rethinking Introductory Physics
Mark A. McDaniel, Regina F. Frey, Susan M. Fitzpatrick, & Henry L. Roediger III
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Six Ideas That Shaped Physics is a comprehensive set of text materials, instructor resources, and web-based tools whose goal is to enable professors to pursue an innovative, activity-based approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics course (even in situations where large classrooms are the norm). This chapter will describe what makes the Six Ideas approach distinctive, with special emphasis on why (in any STEM discipline) choosing appropriate instructional metaphors and constructing an interlocking, self-consistent course design is essential: all course elements (the textbook, class activities, homework, and exams) must work coherently together to produce genuine learning. I will also describe how this course design was adapted for use at Washington University in St. Louis and report on student outcomes there and elsewhere.
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Cognitive Neuroscience | Cognitive Psychology | Educational Psychology | Engineering Education | Higher Education | Higher Education and Teaching | Physics | Science and Mathematics Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development
Moore, T.A. (2014). Six ideas that shaped physics: Rethinking introductory physics. In M. McDaniel, R. Frey, S. Fitzpatrick, & H.L. Roediger (Eds), Integrating cognitive science with innovative teaching in STEM disciplines [E-reader version] (pp. xxx-xxx). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7936/K7JW8BSN