Creating Constructivist Physics for Introductory University Classes

Jennifer Wilhelm, Beth Thacker, Ronald Wilhelm

Abstract



We describe the setting and effectiveness of a constructivist, project-enhanced
environment in an Introductory Physics course. Force Concept Inventory measurements
show that students made significant gains in their understandings of mechanics concepts.
Student interviews revealed that group project work assisted in students’ assimilation of
course material.

Keywords


Constructivist;Physics;Education;Science;Classroom

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