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Archived Project

Posted on:

07/20/2010 - 4:33pm

The UNI Physics Department is home to a highly successful Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) program – a high school physics curriculum and professional development that utilizes a learning cycle pedagogy (  The PRISMS curriculum and learning cycle pedagogy have been used extensively in teacher preparation and professional development.  PRISMS originated here in 1982 under the leadership of Roy Unruh and Tim Cooney.  The original PRISMS materials were a collection of 130 high interest activities related to the real-life experiences of high school physics students designed to develop student conceptual understanding and to cultivate student scientific reasoning and problem skills.  The PRISMS materials have been available to a few thousand teachers in almost all 50 states and all over the world through workshops at professional conferences from a variety of funding sources including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.