Physics and Everyday Thinking

Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) is a one-semester curriculum designed in part for prospective or practicing elementary teachers. The course uses a student-oriented pedagogy with a physics content focus as well as a unique Learning about Learning component.

Physics and Everyday Thinking is adaptable.
The Physics and Everyday Thinking curriculum has been taught at two-year and four-year institutions; has been adapted for a science methods course in schools of education; and can be offered as a workshop for practicing elementary teachers. In addition, the Elementary Science and Everyday Thinking set of activities have also been developed for elementary school teachers to use in their own classrooms.

Physics and Everyday Thinking is inquiry based.
Physics and Everyday Thinking elicits student initial ideas and then provides students with opportunities to acquire evidentiary support, through hands-on activities or computer simulations, that helps them to decide, if appropriate, to develop new or modified ideas.

Physics and Everyday Thinking includes a unique Learning about Learning component.
This component of Physics and Everyday Thinking is designed to help students develop an understanding of how scientists develop knowledge, how they learn science themselves, and how others (for example, either elementary school students or other college students) learn science.


Chapters

Chapter 1: Interactions and Energy

Chapter 1: Interactions and Energy

Chapter 2: Interactions and Forces

Chapter 2: Interactions and Forces

Chapter 3: Interactions and Systems

Chapter 3: Interactions and Systems

Chapter 4: Model of Magnetism

Chapter 4: Model of Magnetism

Chapter 5: Electric-Circuit Interactions

Chapter 5: Electric-Circuit Interactions

Chapter 6: Light Interactions

Chapter 6: Light Interactions


Authors

Fred Goldberg

Fred Goldberg

Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson

Valerie Otero

Valerie Otero