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Journal of Science Education and Technology
written by Ling Liang, Gavin Fulmer, David Majerich, Richard Clevenstine, and Raymond Howanski
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a model-based introductory physics curriculum on conceptual learning in a Physics First (PF) Initiative. This is the first comparative study in physics education that applies the Rasch modeling approach to examine the effects of a model-based curriculum program combined with PF in the United States. Five teachers and 301 students (in grades 9 through 12) in two mid-Atlantic high schools participated in the study. The students' conceptual learning was measured by the Force Concept Inventory (FCI). It was found that the ninth-graders enrolled in the model-based program in a PF initiative achieved substantially greater conceptual understanding of the physics content than those 11th-/12th-graders enrolled in the conventional non-modeling, non-PF program (Honors strand). For the 11th-/12th-graders enrolled in the non-PF, non-honors strands, the modeling classes also outperformed the conventional non-modeling classes. The instructional activity reports by students indicated that the model-based approach was generally implemented in modeling classrooms. A closer examination of the field notes and the classroom observation profiles revealed that the greatest inconsistencies in model-based teaching practices observed were related to classroom interactions or discourse. Implications and recommendations for future studies are also discussed.
Journal of Science Education and Technology: Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 114 - 124
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L. Liang, G. Fulmer, D. Majerich, R. Clevenstine, and R. Howanski, J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 21 (1), 114 (2011), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9287-2).
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L. Liang, G. Fulmer, D. Majerich, R. Clevenstine, and R. Howanski, The Effects of a Model-Based Physics Curriculum Program with a Physics First Approach: a Causal-Comparative Study, J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 21 (1), 114 (2011), <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9287-2>.
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Liang, L., Fulmer, G., Majerich, D., Clevenstine, R., & Howanski, R. (2011, February 18). The Effects of a Model-Based Physics Curriculum Program with a Physics First Approach: a Causal-Comparative Study. J. Sci. Educ. Tech., 21(1), 114 - 124. Retrieved September 20, 2019, from https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9287-2
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Liang, L, G. Fulmer, D. Majerich, R. Clevenstine, and R. Howanski. "The Effects of a Model-Based Physics Curriculum Program with a Physics First Approach: a Causal-Comparative Study." J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 21, no. 1, (February 18, 2011): 114 - 124, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9287-2 (accessed 20 September 2019).
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Liang, Ling, Gavin Fulmer, David Majerich, Richard Clevenstine, and Raymond Howanski. "The Effects of a Model-Based Physics Curriculum Program with a Physics First Approach: a Causal-Comparative Study." J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 21.1 (2011): 114 - 124. 20 Sep. 2019 <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9287-2>.
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