InstructionTM in High School
Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Biology
The Modeling Method of High School Physics Instruction has been under development
at Arizona State University since 1990 under the leadership of David Hestenes,
now Emeritus Professor of Physics. The program cultivates physics teachers
as school experts on effective use of guided inquiry in science teaching,
thereby providing schools and school districts with a valuable resource for
broader reform. Program goals are fully aligned with National Science Education
Standards. The Modeling Method corrects many weaknesses of the traditional
lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student
passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike
the traditional approach, in which students wade through an endless stream
of seemingly unrelated topics, the Modeling Method organizes the course around
a small number of scientific models, thus making the course coherent. In 2000
the program was extended to physical science and in 2005 to chemistry, by
demand of committed teachers. In 2011, we wrote proposals for a new program
- Articles for everyone
- Articles, presentations, recommendations for educators
- Resources for the
Action Research, useful dissertations, papers/presentations
by teachers, adaptations for 9th grade physics; AP syllabi, real-world
projects & engineering, assessment, discourse, how to use whiteboards
effectively and where to buy them, what equipment will help you run a
Modeling Instruction course, ideas for remodeling your classroom, naive
student conceptions, funding sources and sample grant proposals, how to
increase enrollment, reviews of research.
links for modelers (Modelers' websites
& blogs; other modeling programs in sciences at all levels; computer
modeling, simulations, individual models; videos; science education research
sites; articles for administrators.)
- Compilations of teachers' posts to the Modeling listserv
and ChemMod listserv
260 compilations! Helpful hints on concerns that arise
in each unit of instruction, suggestions by Modelers about classroom management,
pace, AP, whiteboarding and more...
- Workshops for
professional development in your school
district or in partnership with a local university.
- Sample workshops from 2 hours to 3 weeks duration. How to organize and run them. Grant proposals,
surveys, recruitment, ideas
- Convincing documents
on the need for science teacher development. (updated Oct 2011)
- Lab practicums
- Activities that teachers can use at the end of a unit to assess how
well their students have learned the concepts in that unit.
- Curriculum Resources for Modeling
- Here are sample instructional materials that give you some sense of what
Modeling Instruction is about. Modeling Instruction is not a curriculum; rather,
it is a WAY to teach; a pedagogy and a flexible curriculum design or framework.
Most teachers need at least three weeks of immersion in a Modeling Workshop
to use these resources effectively.
Workshop participants have access to the most current materials and resources
on the password-protected "Participants Resources" webpage.
- Material in this web site is based upon work supported by the National Science
Foundation under Grant No. ESI-9353423. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions
or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and
do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
List of 200 Teachers in Leadership
Modeling Workshops (1995-1999) by state
Hundreds of teachers are eager to lead local reform of physics, chemistry,
and physical science. As of 2012, about 4500 high school and college teachers
in 49 states have taken a Modeling Workshop, and 600 middle school teachers.
(This outdated list is the 200 teachers who participated from 1995 to 1999
four weeks each summer for two summers.) Please ask
Jane Jackson for contact information of leaders in your locale.
- The Force Concept Inventory (FCI), Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT), and Views
About Science Survey (VASS) as well as published papers on these instruments,
findings of the Modeling Workshop Project, evaluation reports, and taxonomies
of student conceptions in mechanics.
This page is maintained by Jane Jackson and Larry Dukerich
last updated on Nov. 28, 2012
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