ERIC Number: ED071874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Secondary School Physics Program: Harvard Project Physics. Volume 1, Text and Appendices. Final Report.
Holton, Gerald; And Others
Detailed descriptions about Project Physics are presented in this report covering the period from July 1, 1964 - August 15, 1970. The objectives of designing a humanistically-oriented course, attracting more senior-high students, and contributing to the advancement of knowledge of the factors influencing physics learning are discussed with a background of the project. Physicists, scientists, educators, historians of science, and school teachers and students were involved in the project in its trial period. Textbook units are analyzed by using flow charts of conceptual outlines. Also included are tests, reader articles, teacher resource books and briefing films, experimental equipment, film loops, sound films, transparencies, and programmed instruction materials. Evaluations were conducted to improve the course and obtain user information. Findings are analyzed on the subjects of methodology, teachers, students, and learning environments. Enrollments in Project Physics are estimated to increase from 20,000 in 1969-70 to 115,000 in 1971-72, and the total pattern of educational activities is influenced by the project. Original documents and lists of course materials are contained in the appendices, some of which are included in another volume (SE 015 501). A teacher-preparation plan is also provided. (CC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Educational Research, Humanism, Instruction, Physics, Program Evaluation, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Curriculum, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science
ERIC/SMEAC, Ohio State University, 400 Lincoln Tower, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (on loan)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Harvard Project Physics.