The Modeling Method of Physics Teaching. Taken from the MM Web Site. Why a different approach to physics instruction?. Research shows that after conventional instruction, students could not fully explain even the simplest of physics concepts, even though many could work related problems.
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Taken from the MM Web Site
Bulbs A, B and C are identical. What happens to the brightness of bulbs A and B when switch S is closed?
For the circuit above, determine the current in the 4 resistor and the potentialdifference between P and Q.
Conventional instruction’s answer:
Students have the same mental models the instructor does, to effectively interpret what they hear and see. (NOT warranted by assessment results or interviews with students.)
But where’s the physics understanding?
The problem with problem-solving
Models as basic units of knowledge
with explicit statements describing relationships
Explicit appeal to an interpretation of an experimental result
Unless students can explain something fully, they do not understand it!
In deployment activities, students