M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, E.F. Redish and the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group
1: Introductory Physics
Volume 1: Overview
In this web site, we provide resources for instructors using Activity-Based Tutorials in their classes. Materials are divided into three areas.
Click on the links at the top of each page (or in the left column) to find out more about Activity-Based Tutorials.
As part of the Activity Based Physics Project, we created a collection of Activity-Based Tutorials (ABT). The ABT are developed in the same model as Tutorials in Introductory Physics, a research  and curriculum development project by Lillian C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington.
The Activity-Based Tutorials and Tutorials in Introductory Physics1 are based on systematic investigations into the learning and teaching of introductory physics. The results of this research are then used to design new curricula and teaching approaches, which lead to modified instruction.
The figure below represents the iterative, three-step research and design process by a wheel.
The axle for this wheel is the model of how students think and learn. This model guides - and is informed by - the research and development cycle.
For a description of an appropriate model of thinking and learning, see "Implications of cognitive studies for teaching physics," E. F. Redish, Am. J. Phys. 62, 796-803 (1994).
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