Peer Instruction: A User's Manual

Eric Mazur

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Peer Instruction: A User's Manual

By Eric Mazur
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Peer Instruction:  A User’s Manual is a step-by-step guide for instructors on how to plan and implement Peer Instruction lectures. The teaching methodology is applicable to a variety of introductory science courses (including biology and chemistry). However, the additional material–class-tested, ready-to-use resources, in print and on CD-ROM (so professors can reproduce them as handouts or transparencies)–is intended for calculus-based physics courses.

  • Contains a step-by-step guide on how to plan Peer Instruction lectures using an instructor's existing lecture materials.
  • The complete set of class-tested and ready-to-use resources for implementing the method in a one-year introductory physics course includes:
    • Two diagnostic tests to evaluate students' understanding of mechanics.

    • Student questionnaire handouts to assess students' expectations for the course and to point out misconceptions.

    • 44 Reading Quizzes, organized by subject and designed to be given at the beginning of each class to motivate the students to read assigned material before class.

    • 243 ConcepTests, multiple-choice questions for use in lecture to engage the students and to assess their understanding.

    • 109 Conceptual Examination Questions, organized by major topic for use on exams.

  • Enclosed CD-ROM contains all of the above materials so they can be reformatted for 8 1/2 X 11 transparentcy and/or hand-out masters.
Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction.
  • 2. Peer Instruction.
  • 3. Motivating the Students.
  • 4. A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for a Peer Instruction Lecture.
  • 5. Sample Lecture.
  • 6. Epilogue.
  • 7. Force Concept Inventory.
  • 8. Mechanics Baseline Test.
  • 9. Questionnaire Results.
  • 10. Reading Quizzes.
  • 11. Concept Tests.
  • 12. Conceptual Exam Questions.
  • Appendix: Disk Instructions.
  • Index.