ERIC Number: ED316107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Project ARCHIMEDES: Applications, Reasoning and Concepts for High School Instructors: Making Educational Discoveries and Expanding Skills.
Lea, Suzanne M.
Project ARCHIMEDES was designed in cooperation with local teachers to enhance concept understanding of teachers of physics and physical sciences, to increase use of electronics and computers in the classroom, and to introduce research on students' misconceptions in physics, teaching methods for identifying and remediating misconceptions, and ways to improve students' problem-solving skills. It consisted of a summer institute for 62 teachers on teaching physical science concepts, an academic-year follow-up, academic-year courses on physics content and problem-solving skills, and a summer institute on practical teaching skills. Participants reported increased conceptual understanding, more awareness of misconceptions, more use of laboratories and demonstrations in the classroom, increased teaching confidence, and increased use of electronics and computers. High school staff have been active in conducting workshops in their school districts to multiply the project's effects. Some forms and materials used in the project are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Oriented Programs, Concept Formation, Electronic Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Schools, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Physics, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, State Universities, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; North Carolina Univ., Greensboro.