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Rifkin, Moses – Physics Teacher, 2016
Every physics teacher wants to give his or her students the opportunity to learn physics well. Despite these intentions, certain groups of students--including women and underrepresented minorities (URMs)--are not taking and not remaining in physics. In many cases, these disturbing trends are more significant in physics than in any other science.…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Meyer, Chris – Physics Teacher, 2016
The group work test is an assessment strategy that promotes higher-order thinking skills for solving context-rich problems. With this format, teachers are able to pose challenging, nuanced questions on a test, while providing the support weaker students need to get started and show their understanding. The test begins with a group discussion…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Tests, Cooperative Learning, Student Evaluation
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Gluck, Paul – Physics Teacher, 2009
The physics of the plucked string has been treated in many articles and books. For our 12th-grade high school physics laboratory, we have built a cheap, simple sonometer apparatus for each pair of students on which they may investigate some interesting phenomena that arise when a string is plucked. Among these are the generation of harmonics…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Musical Instruments, Secondary School Science
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O'Brien, Michael J.; Thompson, John R. – Physics Teacher, 2009
The Physics First movement--teaching a true physics course to ninth-grade students--is gaining popularity in high schools. There are several different rhetorical arguments for and against this movement, and it is quite controversial in physics education. However, there is no actual evidence to assess the success, or failure, of this substantial…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 9, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science