ERIC Number: EJ912900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Environmental Science as a Motivational Tool to Teach Physics to Non-Science Majors
Busch, Hauke C.
Physics Teacher, v48 n9 p578-581 Dec 2010
A traditional physical science course was transformed into an environmental physical science course to teach physics to non-science majors. The objective of the new course was to improve the learning of basic physics principles by applying them to current issues of interest. A new curriculum was developed with new labs, homework assignments, worksheets, and interactive classroom learning techniques such as Peer Instruction (PI) and SCALE-UP. It was found that the new course showed an increase in students' class participation, attendance, and overall interest, with most rating their science experience as very positive.
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Homework, Physics, Teaching Methods, Science Curriculum, Student Motivation, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Student Interests, Peer Teaching, Science Laboratories, Interaction, Student Participation, Attendance Patterns, Student Attitudes, College Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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