ERIC Number: ED059887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Review of the Research and Development Program of Harvard Project Physics.
Welch, Wayne W.
The purpose of this paper is to summarize and review the results of the Harvard Project Physics (HPP) research and evaluation activity to make available to interested science educators the design, implementation, and results of a major curriculum evaluation effort. This activity was conducted during the years 1965-1970 and had considerable support from the U. S. Office of Education. The findings are summarized as follows: (1) Methodology; (a) Various cognitive, affective, and behavioral measures used as criteria, (b) Pilot test of design and instruments, and (c) Implementation on a national random sample; (2) Teachers; (a) Characteristics of physics teachers, (b) Effects of participation in the program; volunteer teachers in the program were different than the randomly-selected group; and participation in summer institutes did change attitudes but not nearly as much as actually teaching the HPP course; (3) Students; (a) Characteristics, (b) Student learning and the effects of teacher characteristics, amount of instruction, and the HPP course, (c) Enrollment with regard to text used, teacher attitudes, and grading practices; and (4) Research on learning environments. The development of the Learning Environment Inventory (LEI) is described. The final evaluation found that students rated HPP lower than "other physics" on difficulty, mathematics, and applied, but higher on satisfaction, diversity, history, philosophy, humanitarianism, and social. A summary of the significant findings is given as well as an extensive bibliography. (TS)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Information Analysis Center for Science Education, Columbus, OH.