ASU Modeling Instruction & MNS Degree Programs: legacy site
This is the original Modeling Instruction Program website. We update it often
* ASU's summer graduate program for teachers (click below),
* research & evaluation (scroll down and click),
* resources for the modeling classroom, and weblinks for modelers (nationwide!)
* basic documents about high school Modeling Instruction, including compilations, lab practicums, short workshop designs, sample presentations.
Visit our scale-up partner's Modeling Instruction site, hosted by the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), for updated instructional resources for teachers worldwide.
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Summer Graduate Program for Teachers of Physical Sciences
Modeling Workshops, interdisciplinary STEM courses, and contemporary physics courses for teachers of high school and two-year college physics and chemistry and junior high physical science. MNS degree with concentration in physics. (updated in November 2018.) Download a flier.
The ASU Modeling Instruction program and MNS degree program meet the following needs.
The National Science Education Standards (NRC, 1996) emphasize
that "coherent and integrated programs" supporting "lifelong professional
development" of science teachers are essential for significant reform.
"The conventional view of professional development for teachers needs
to shift from technical training for specific skills to opportunities
for intellectual professional growth."
These ASU programs were rated "Accomplished" in 2015 by Change the Equation .
Nationwide opportunities for professional growth:
|Modeling Workshops nationwide for fall and spring 2018-19 are listed at the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) website. Workshop descriptions for summer 2019 are at the PhysTEC website. (More workshops are added periodically, so visit often.)|
For historical purposes and for continuity, here is the link to the 50
Modeling Workshops nationwide in summer 2012.
Modeling Instruction in High School Sciences
|Awards and evidence of effectiveness:
Modeling Instruction in Physics was designated in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the seven best K-12 educational technology programs out of 134 programs evaluated.
Modeling Instruction in Physics was designated in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Education as one of two Exemplary programs in K-12 Science Education out of 27 programs evaluated. Download the U.S. Department of Education award booklet .
High School Modeling Instruction received the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award from the American Physical Society, the largest association of research physicists worldwide. Our speeches are here.
Modeling Instruction is Effective
(2000): data summary.
Modeling Instruction is Effective (2011): published FCI data for ~1100 high school physics students. Download.
NSF report: Findings of the Modeling Workshop Project: 1994-2000. pdf
NSF report: Findings of the ASU Summer Graduate Program for Physics Teachers (2002-2006) pdf
Modeling Instruction in College
Modeling Instruction began in calculus-based physics at Arizona State University, in the late 1980s.
A big website (in 2017) on college Modeling Instruction curriculum in mechanics, developed by the Florida International University Physics Education Research Group, in Miami. Includes a detailed guide for each week, video examples, and printable activity worksheets.
Website of Dwain Desbien & Tom Okuma's modeling-friendly short workshops for two-year college and high school teachers (NSF-funded until 2015). 25 modeling-friendly labs & activities from this project.
Remodeling University Physics: NSF-supported research at ASU until 2003 to reform introductory physics at the university/college level. Peer leaders: Dwain Desbien, Eric Brewe, Michael Politano. (website updated in 2007. Many instructional resources!)
Research & Evaluation
Research findings, publications and evaluation instruments [Force Concept Inventory (FCI), Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT), Views About Science Survey (VASS), RTOP & Modeling Self-Assessments, links to research-based concept inventories in sciences]. Dissertations; evaluations of Modeling Instruction and other programs. Two taxonomies of student conceptions about force and motion.
The CIMM program is transforming mathematics education to include conceptual understanding (grouping structure), symbol construction (algorithmic manipulations), problem solving and mathematical reasoning. (updated in 2011)
STEM Professional Development: our vision,
policy, and actions
Science teachers need professional development! convince your policy makers. Also, see Federal ESSA grant opportunities in 2017.
Organize a Modeling Workshop or school inservice with these documents (1 1/2 hours to 3 weeks).
Remodeling Science Education, what is needed -- by David Hestenes (an invited talk in Taiwan, 2011)
AMTA Camp 2014: plenary slides of David Hestenes' 3-fold vision, and a group picture
A role for physicists in STEM
education reform (a guest editorial by David Hestenes), Am. J. Phys.
83: 101 (2015). Posted with permission by the AAPT. http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4904763+
Modeling Instruction for STEM Education Reform, a major proposal by David Hestenes (2009).
A Critical Role for Physics Departments in K-12 Science Reform -- article by David Hestenes and Jane Jackson (2004).
University - School partnerships
for sustained science education reform. (NSF grant, 1999-2002).
Activities and Significance of the Modeling Workshop Project (1994-2000), by David Hestenes. David Hestenes' vision for high school physics is reflected in the activities, contributions, and significance expressed in the 10-page document submitted to the NSF.
National Center for Physics Education -- a proposal to stimulate action by the physics community, submitted by David Hestenes in 2000 to the AAPT.
Local Physics Alliances - Learning communities of physics teachers
To subscribe to any of 5 modeling listservs for physics, chemistry, biology, or physical science teachers, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
STEMteachersNYC is the first of a nationwide group of local science alliances of, by, and for K-20 teachers who are committed to effective STEM education.
Arizona's crisis in high school physics, and partial solutions.
Shortage of High School Physics in Arizona in 2018: 34 high schools no longer have physics; 23 teachers were awarded $2000 scholarships to re-train to teach physics (7 for chemistry) (AZ Senate Bill SB1038). view or .pdf .
The Arizona Crisis in Physics Education: a report by Earl Barrett and Larry Dukerich on their surveys of guidance counselors & students in 2017.
How AZ Businesses can Help. view or .pdf
Toni Gagliardi's thesis on High School Physics Teachers' Perceptions. (Toni extended Larry and Earl's survey to all AZ HS physics teachers in comprehensive public high schools. 2018): view or .pdf
Arizona Senate Bill SB1038 provided 150 scholarships of $2000 to teachers to re-train in STEM (May 2018 status): view or .pdf
Mike Vargas' blogposts & videos; Cactus Caucus & AAPT awards (as of Sept. 2018): .pdf
The Arizona Crisis in Physics Education, by Mike Vargas & Jane Jackson (1 page; updated in Oct. 2017). view or .pdf
Mike Vargas' PowerPoint presentation on the physics shortage in Arizona. (Sept. 2016)
Why high school physics enrollment needs to double in Arizona (research quotes & policy, 2pgs). view or .pdf
STEM Pathways & Literacy in Arizona: A huge increase in STEM graduates occurred in Arizona's universities by 2007, due to physics Modeling Instruction (3 pages, 2016). view or .pdf
How to increase physics enrollment in high school.
How AZ teachers can seek funding for probeware & lab equipment.
How teachers can request Title II funds from their school district.
The Profound Influence of Physics on my Life & Career, by Jane Jackson (a speech at ASU Physics Dept. Awards Event, April 2016)
Physics is Everywhere: 2018 brief version.
- Follow this link to learn about activities of the Arizona
Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and links to
NAU, UA, ASTA, and other science organizations in Arizona. (updated
TCHRS listserv Download this document to learn how to log in, choose a password, etc. View
How to subscribe to TCHRS listserv for physics and chemistry faculty (high school, post-secondary): view or .pdf
STEMteachersPHX is a local science alliance of, by, and for K-20 teachers in Arizona. It began in 2016. The Facebook page is here.
This page, last updated on November 21, 2018, is maintained by Jane Jackson, mostly for ASU-specific information & our research & evaluations.
This website was built in 1995 by Larry Dukerich, with guidance by David Hestenes. It has been maintained since 2005 by Jane Jackson, who is unskilled at technology. Many resources on this website are used in Modeling Workshops nationwide. The ASU Department of Physics supports this website by paying an annual fee to ASU.Copyright & Trademark Accessibility Privacy jobs@ASU Emergency Contact ASU