Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using physics education research to improve the level of effectiveness of non-lab time in the AP physics B classroom

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This document addresses method to improve instruction for non-lab time in an Advanced Placement Physics B course. Methods focus on research that were proven through the use of quantitative data. There are three regions of instruction that this document addresses. First, this document addresses ways to improve student engagement through the use of Physics Education Research proven interactive engagement methods such as peer instruction, and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations. Second, this document addresses Overview Case-Study Physics approach. The OCS method emphasizes strong conceptual understanding before the mathematical approach. Third, this document addresses Cooperative Group Problem Solving techniques to improve the student's problem solving methods. The document uses a guide produced in chapter three to create a sample curriculum unit in chapter four.

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