ASU Modeling Instruction & MNS Degree Programs

This is the original Modeling Instruction Program website at Arizona State University.

We update it often for ASU-specific information; e.g., ASU's summer graduate program for teachers, and for research & evaluation.
It has older information about Modeling Instruction nationwide, and resources for educators.

Visit our scale-up partner's new (as of 2012) Modeling Instruction site hosted by the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) for updated instructional resources for teachers worldwide.

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ASU Summer Graduate Program for Teachers of Physical Sciences
Modeling Workshops, interdisciplinary STEM courses, and contemporary physics courses for teachers of high school physics and chemistry and junior high physical science. MNS degree. (The course list for summer 2015 was updated in February 2015.)

The ASU Modeling Instruction program and MNS degree program are designed to 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."
The Glenn Commission report Before It's Too Late (2000) states:

"We are of one mind in our belief that the way to interest children in mathematics and science is through teachers who are not only enthusiastic about their subjects, but who are also steeped in their disciplines and who have the professional training—as teachers—to teach those subjects well. Nor is this teacher training simply a matter of preparation; it depends just as much—or even more— on sustained, high-quality professional development."

Nationwide opportunities for professional growth:

Modeling Workshops nationwide for summer 2015 are listed at the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) website. The link is under the Teachers tab. Workshop descriptions are at the PhysTEC website.

For historical purposes and for continuity, here is the link to the 50 Modeling Workshops nationwide in summer 2012.

Modeling Instruction in High School Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Biology

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.

ASU Modeling Instruction and Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree programs were rated "Accomplished" in 2015 by Change the Equation .

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

Remodeling University Physics

NSF-supported research to reform introductory physics at the university/college level. (updated Dec. 2007)
Peer leaders: Dwain Desbien, Eric Brewe, Michael Politano

Modeling-friendly short workshops, NSF-funded until 2019, for two-year college and high school teachers.


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.

Cognitive Instruction in Mathematical Modeling

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)

Our Vision for Professional Development, Community, and Policy

Remodeling Science Education, by David Hestenes (Invited talk in Taiwan, 2011)
AMTA Camp 2014: group picture and Plenary by David Hestenes

Modeling Instruction for STEM Education Reform, a major proposal by David Hestenes (2009)
A Critical Role for Physics Departments in K-12 Science Reform, by David Hestenes and Jane Jackson (2004, 160kb)
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.

University - School partnerships - for sustained science education reform.
  Documents for persons who want to seek funding and organize a Modeling Workshop
National Center for Physics Education
   A proposal to stimulate action by the physics community, submitted by David Hestenes to the AAPT.
Local Physics Alliances - Learning communities of physics teachers.
AzAAPT - Follow this link to learn about activities of the Arizona Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. (Updated in 2014.)

This page, last updated on March 24, 2015, 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 around 2005 by Jane Jackson, who is unskilled at technology.

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