Action Research, Resources, Equipment for the Modeling Classroom

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Reports of Action Research

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Doctoral Dissertations and Masters Degree Theses

Energy: Instructional Resources and Presentations

Instructional Resources in Chemistry

  • Larry Dukerich's ACS article on Modeling Chemistry (2015).
  • A model-based approach to gases, by Larry Dukerich.
  • Progression of models in chemistry, by Larry Dukerich & chem development team.

    Instructional Resources in Physics

    9th Grade Resources

    Advanced Placement Physics, Chemistry, Calculus (syllabi by expert modelers)

    Real-World Applications, Engineering

    Modeling Cycle

    Assessment in Modeling Instruction (see also weblinks for modelers, research & evaluation , and our MNS webpage)

    Discourse in the Modeling Classroom

  • A deeper dive: How to enhance model-centered discourse in science:
  • Students' Naive Conceptions


    Lab Equipment & Technology for the Modeling Classroom

    Lab Equipment to Make, & Low-tech Modeling Instruction

    Lab Safety Contracts (as of 2017)

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • all sciences (adaptable; this sample is in IB chemistry at an international school in 2016. Used in all sciences for 12 years.)
  • biology and a biology lab safety quiz (contributed by Michelle Houston of Briarwood Christian School)

    Getting parents, students, and administrators as allies

  • Curriculum Night for parents: 20-minute science department activity (2018) view
  • Parents Night: a plan by Larry Dukerich. view or .doc
  • Why we have no textbook in physics: a letter to parents by Joe Morin. view or .pdf
  • Alternatives to a textbook in science, by Larry Dukerich view or .pdf
  • Climate-setting: Two published articles in one issue:
    * Minimizing resistance to inquiry-oriented science instruction: the importance of climate setting, by Carl Wenning.
    * Six years of Modeling Workshops: Three cautionary tales, by James Vesenka. .pdf. Both are in Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online, vol. 3, #2. Dec. 2005.

    Classroom Renovations

    Grants: for Classroom Technology, Improved Instruction, or Modeling Workshops

    How to increase physics enrollment in high school (see also the home page, at the bottom; Arizona Community section).

    Research summaries by/for modelers (see also the webpage weblinks for modelers)