Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Link Maps and Map Meetings: Scaffolding Student Learning

I mentioned earlier of several prominent institutions that have implemented or about to implement a different teaching method for introductory physics. Most of these require quite an investment, both in time and in money, since a number of them have high-tech solutions.

Still, could there be a low-tech approach to improving students' understanding of physics at the elementary level? These researchers think so. They describe an "intervention" session for students where an additional class is given to provide a wider view of the topics that the students were learning at that time.

By the end of the semester the persistent map meeters saw physics as a subject which links a few fundamental ideas in different ways rather than focuses on rote learning equations. These views were statistically significantly different to students who had not attended map meetings.


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