Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2016
Volume 61, Number 6
Saturday–Tuesday, April 16–19, 2016; Salt Lake City, Utah
Session E6: Excellence in Education Award Session
3:30 PM–5:18 PM,
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Abstract ID: BAPS.2016.APR.E6.1
Abstract: E6.00001 : Excellence in Physics Education Award: SCALE-UP, Student Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies*
3:30 PM–4:06 PM
(North Carolina State University)
The Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP) Project combines curricula and a specially-designed instructional space to enhance learning. SCALE-UP students practice communication and teamwork skills while performing activities that enhance their conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. This can be done with small or large classes and has been implemented at more than 250 institutions. Educational research indicates that students should collaborate on interesting tasks and be deeply involved with the material they are studying. SCALE-UP classtime is spent primarily on ``tangibles'' and ``ponderables''---hands-on measurements/observations and interesting questions. There are also computer simulations (called ``visibles'') and hypothesis-driven labs. Students sit at tables designed to facilitate group interactions. Instructors circulate and engage in Socratic dialogues. The setting looks like a banquet hall, with lively interactions nearly all the time. Impressive learning gains have been measured at institutions across the US and internationally. This talk describes today's students, how lecturing got started, what happens in a SCALE-UP classroom, and how the approach has spread.
*The SCALE-UP project has greatly benefitted from numerous grants made by NSF and FIPSE to NCSU and other institutions.
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2016.APR.E6.1
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