ERIC Number: ED352252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Workshop Physics. FIPSE Final Report.
Laws, Priscilla W.
This document reports a project, entitled Workshop Physics, that involved the development and testing of introductory physics materials to enable instructors to abandon the traditional separation of lecture and laboratory in favor of a workshop format. The Workshop Physics courses emphasize cognitive development enhanced by direct experience and the use of microcomputers as tools for observations, data collection, and data analysis. Written materials developed for the project included workbook style activity guides that serve as textbook supplements for both calculus-based and non-calculus-based course sequences. In addition, microcomputer-based laboratory materials were developed. These included a series of electronic sensors; an RS-232 compatible microcomputer interface; and software packages for data collection on the Macintosh computer. Evaluation results have shown gains in student attitude and motivation as well as in specific conceptual areas, computer skills, and experimental techniques emphasized by the course. The appendices, which make up the greater part of the report, contain samples of curricular materials, a syllabus for each of the 28 activity guide units, and reprints of published articles that were developed from the project. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, PA.; Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.