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The Powerful Ideas course model is intended for faculty who teach college students who are studying to be tomorrow's elementary educators. The six volumes that make up the Powerful Ideas materials were developed and field tested by teams of physics and physical science educators with experience in guided inquiry teaching methods. The course content focuses on those physical science concepts that are initially introduced in elementary science curricula.

The materials are available in both PDF and MS Word format and can be easily modified to build an introductory physical science course for non-science majors. Easy-to-use worksheets and a structured questioning pattern enables pre-service teachers to experience a hands-on, inquiry-based learning experience that models the way their students should experience science learning. The college instructor's materials parallel student activities and provide important insights and instructional background. Assessment strategies are included to assist faculty in developing techniques that assess meaningful learning.

The six volumes: Light and Color, Electricity, Heat and Conservation of Energy, Nature of Matter, Force, and Motion can be used chronologically or in optional order.

To offer a course constructed and modeled on Powerful Ideas in Physical Science, a department needs to purchase only one set of course development materials. These materials include student and instructor materials, rights to copy and distribute student materials, and access to a discussion list of Powerful Ideas users. No other textbook is necessary. Departments who have adopted the curriculum materials often sell the student materials in course packets through their bookstores which allows the department to recover the initial cost of the modules, as well as provide a source of funds to purchase materials that can be used in the course.
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Sample student and instructor materials are available in pdf format for each of the volume. The full materials are available for purchase.
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Metadata Instance Creation Date October 13, 2003 by Patsy Ann Johnson
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

This standards-based resource offers easy-to-use worksheets and a structured questioning pattern that guides new and pre-service teachers through a hands-on, inquiry-based course that models best practice instructional models.  This particular volume deals with the behavior of light, color perception, and the electromagnetic spectrum.  Available for purchase from the AAPT online bookstore.

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Powerful Ideas in Physical Science. (1998). Retrieved September 15, 2014, from American Association of Physics Teachers: http://aapt.org/Publications/pips.cfm
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American Association of Physics Teachers. Powerful Ideas in Physical Science. College Park: American Association of Physics Teachers, 1998. http://aapt.org/Publications/pips.cfm (accessed 15 September 2014).
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Powerful Ideas in Physical Science. College Park: American Association of Physics Teachers, 1998. 15 Sep. 2014 <http://aapt.org/Publications/pips.cfm>.
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