ASU Modeling Instruction & MNS Degree Programs: legacy site

This is the original Modeling Instruction Program website. We update it often for:
* ASU's summer graduate program for teachers (click below),
* research & evaluation (scroll down this page and click),
* resources for the modeling classroom, and weblinks for modelers (nationwide! Scroll down to "Modeling Instruction in High School Sciences" and click).

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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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 with concentration in physics. (updated in October 2015.) Download a flier.

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."

These ASU programs were rated "Accomplished" in 2015 by Change the Equation .


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. (Use them as a guide for probable 2016 workshop sites.) 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 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

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 2015, 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 slides by David Hestenes

To subscribe to any of 5 modeling listservs for physics, chemistry, biology, or physical science teachers, email

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.

Arizona community

AzAAPT - 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 in 2015.)

TCHRS listserv
Download this document to learn how to log in, choose a password, etc. View

To subscribe to TCHRS listserv for physics and chemistry faculty (high school, post-secondary), email

This page, last updated on November 4, 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 2005 by Jane Jackson, who is unskilled at technology.

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