Teaching Physics : with the Physics Suite
A companion guide to using the Physics Suite, Teaching Physics is a book about learning to be a more effective physics teacher. It is meant for anyone who is interested in learning about recent developments in physics education. It is not a review of specific topics in physics with hints for how to teach them and lists of common student difficulties. Rather, it is a handbook with a variety of tools for improving both teaching and learning of physics from new kinds of homework and exam problems, to surveys for figuring out what has happened in your class, to tools for taking and analyzing data using computers and video. Teaching Physics includes:
an introduction to the cognitive model of thinking and learning that underlies modern physics education research
principles and guidelines for making use of and understanding the implications of this cognitive model for the classroom
a discussion of formative and summative evaluation with a variety of "thinking problems" useful for homework and exams
a discussion of assessment of the success of instruction using research-based concept and attitude surveys
discussion of 11 research-based curricular materials for use in lecture, lab, recitation, and workshops environments
tips and guidelines for how to improve your instruction
In addition, the book comes with a Resource CD containing 14 conceptual and 3 attitude surveys, more than 250 thinking problems covering all areas of introductory physics, resource materials from commercial vendors on use of computerized data acquisition and video, and a variety of other useful reference materials.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction and Motivation.
Chapter 2. Cognitive Principles and Guidelines for Instruction.
Chapter 3. There's More than Content to a Physics Course: The Hidden Curriculum.
Chapter 4. Extending our Assessments: Homework and Testing.
Chapter 5. Evaluating our Instruction: Surveys.
Chapter 6. Instructional Implications: Some effective teaching methods.
Chapter 7. Lecture-Based Methods.
Chapter 8. Recitation and Laboratory-Based Methods.
Chapter 9. Workshop and Studio Methods.
Chapter 10. Using the Physics Suite.
Appendix (on Resource CD).