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Center Summer meeting 2002 | 2004 | 2006
Workshops: Quantum physics| Wave physics | Intermediate Mechanics

Modeling Method

The Modeling Workshop Project has been under development for more than a decade. Its approach to curriculum design and teaching methodology has been guided by a Modeling Theory of Physics Instruction, the focus of an educational research program directed by Prof. David Hestenes. The theory has been implemented in a practical Modeling Method for high school physics, developed and tested in the doctoral dissertation (1987) of Malcolm Wells, a high school teacher who brought more than two decades of classroom experience to the task. Based on the impressive results of this research, Hestenes and Wells were awarded an NSF grant to further improve the modeling method and develop workshops to train other teachers to use it. Six week pilot workshops during the summers of 1990-91 were found to exert a powerful influence on the teaching behavior of participants. This experience provides the foundation for the current nationwide program of Leadership Workshops.

For more information on the Modeling Method...

...please follow this link to information about previous Modeling workshops.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Education and Human Development
Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research

Contact Information

Michael C. Wittmann
John R. Thompson
Department of Physics and Astronomy
5709 Bennett Hall
University of Maine
Orono ME 04401-5709
tel: Michael C. Wittmann: 207 - 581 - 1237
tel: John R. Thompson: 207 - 581 - 1030
fax: 207 - 581 - 3410