Design principles for effective physics instruction: A case from physics and everyday thinking Journal Article uri icon



  • Although several successful inquiry-based physics and physical science curricula have been developed, little has been published that describes the development of these curricula in terms of their basic design principles. We describe the research-based design principles used in the development of one such curriculum and how these principles are reflected in its pedagogical structure. A case study drawn from an early pilot implementation illustrates how the design principles play out in a practical classroom setting. Extensive evaluation has shown that this curriculum enhances students’ conceptual understanding and improves students’ attitudes about science.

publication date

  • December 1, 2010

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • February 2, 2017 5:51 AM

Full Author List

  • Goldberg F; Otero V; Robinson S

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9505

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-2909

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1265

end page

  • 1277


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