Research and Experiences


ALAAPT14.pdf      Impact on AP, ACT & External Assessments 
   (T. Burgess....Presented at Alabama AAPT Section Meeting 2014)
APNC13Anal.pdf   Impact of Phyics 1st on AP Sciences 
   (T. Burgess....Presented at AP National Conference, Las Vegas 2013)
ReasMath12.pdf    Higher Math & Reasoning Scores Noted 
   (Schuchardt, Malone....Published at NARST Conference)
MTACT12.pdf       Higher ACT Scores as Physics First Implemented 
   (Tim Burgess, Kerry Goff, Rebecca Hyre....McGill-Toolen, Mobile AL)
MTAPEn13.pdf      Higher AP Enrollment & Performance
   (T. Burgess, K. Goff, R. Hyre....McGill-Toolen, Mobile AL)
MTAPBio11.pdf     AP Biology Students Learn More with Less!
   (T. Burgess & K. Goff, McGill-Toolen of  Mobile, AL)
MTChem10.pdf     Chemistry Students with Physics 9 Learn More
   (T Burgess, R. Hyre, K Goff,  McGill-Toolen of  Mobile, AL)
LHSRes10.pdf        Freshman Physics Higher CAT & FCI
   (Craig Bouma, Loyola HS of Los Angeles. Active Physics)
MTRes09.pdf         McGill-Toolen freshman learn more Physics
   (Tim Burgess. Modeling Instruction)
LHSRes08.pdf        Freshman Physics Higher in CA Assessments
   (Craig Bouma, Loyola HS of Los Angeles. Active Physics)
PFMaine09.pdf       Freshman students in Maine learn more Physics
   (M. O’Brien & J. Thompson, TPT. Modeling Instruction)
GoodDiss06.pdf     AP Science enrollment & performance (Brief Summary)
   (J. Goodman, Dissertation defended and accepted Rutgers Univ)
Briarwood08.pdf    Increased interest & performance in science
   (Barry Walker, Briarwood Christian School in Alabama)
RHSRes07.pdf        Increases in AP Science Enrollment
   (Ridley HS near Philadelphia. Modeling Instruction)
MountzD_06.pdf    Increased enrollment in elective advanced sciences
   (D. Mountz, Dissertation for Immaculata University)
LHReport08.pdf     Improved Regents & AP Physics Scores
   (Larry Hiller, New York. Modeling Instruction)
PFPSMath06.pdf    Math Score Improvement (public school)
   (JoAnne Deakin, Arizona. Modeling Instruction)
PFSATMath05.pdf    Math Score Improvement (private school)
   (Howard Glasser, Germantown Friends School. Hewitt text)
Physics1stKS03.pdf   Physics Freshman Exceed Seniors 
   (Earl Legleiter, Kansas. Modeling Instruction)
PFSMReas07.pdf       Improved Science & Math Reasoning
   (Anita Schuchardt, Kathy Malone, et al. Modeling Instruction)
PFAP2007.pdf        Improved AP Science performance
   (Tim Burgess. Modeling Instruction)
NSTAPres08.pdf       Data from National Science Teacher Ass. 2008
   (Several schools near Boston MA. Hewitt or Active Physics)

Research on educational change always have important caveats:   
       Numerous measures effectiveness may not capture the particular strength of a program.  Science tests may fail to detect deeper comprehension.  Tests can fail to recognize skills acquired during genuine science research (one example).
     Outstanding faculty will help students succeed even if the academic program is weak or incoherent.   Providing a logical, coherent and strong academic sequence may help maximize student achievement and deepen comprehension of science. Nothing can replace high quality & dedicated staff.  
        A school may also have aims other than instructional effectiveness.  Schools may, for example, seek to acclimate students to the college experience rather than maximize learning.  A school may focus on developing skills other than the intellectual skills associated with formal academic disciplines.
       The ability, work habits, interests and background of students may have an significant impact the gains associated with any program.  

     Below are some experiences and commentary by Nobel Prize Winners,  leaders and science educators who have experience in the change to "Physics First" sequence starting in high school:

  ClaytonHS1_03.pdf   Commentary by Rex Rice (Science Department Chair)
 Clayton HS2_03.pdf   Biology teachers on impact
 Clayton HS3_03.pdf  Chemistry teachers on impact
 Clayton HS99.pdf      Physics teacher on impact 
 PFPostTB08.pdf        Change and challenge
 FPComp05.pdf           Comments by teachers using new sequence 
PF02088.pdf              Recommendations from ARISE Conference 2002
PFRightUp05.pdf      TPT editorial by Ewald, Hickman & Myers
PTEC-07.pdf             PTEC Presentation by Paul Hickman
PFHakeJP06.pdf      American Assn. of Physics Teachers Brochure
HakeJP06.pdf           Science educator scholarly analysis
NobelPWLL01.pdf  Comments by Nobel Prize Winner
PFRice90.pdf           Comments by leader before change
AAPTFlyer06.pdf    American Assn. of Physics Teachers
JChEdPF02.pdf       Journal of Chem. Education article
BSCSCap.pdf           Biological Sciences Study Committee

I am a lifetime member of the
The success we had with "Physics First"
in my opinion was (at least in part)
due to the training our teachers obtained in
"Modeling as a way of teaching science."


One external indicator of success in Physics
in interscholastic one school that transitioned in Alabama
Alabama Physics Competition Performance
prior to and since Physics First
Typical: 250-330 students compete with 50-70 teams of 4
top 10 individual students recognized with "Top Individual Awards"
Top 3 teams recognized in 3 different divisions

"Physics First"was implemented starting in the  2008-9 school year.
Written records of  an 1100 student urban high school participated in the
 University of Alabama High School Physics Competition
starting in 2001.

2001-8  The high school  participated but had never had
                a team or individual winner at the competition

2008-11  The high school transitions to "Physics First"
2012  Winner A student wins "Top Individual Honors"
           & Full 4 Year Scholarship for 1st time ever

2012  First Graduating Class with sequence 2011-12

2013  Winners Physics Teams at the physics first school
            Win 1st & 2nd over ALL Teams in all divisions&
            School Wins First among ALL schools & has the
            Top Ranked Individual!

2014 Winners School and Team 1st among ALL schools in 2014
            for second consecutive year. Two Top Individual Awards

2015  Team Win School & Team Winners in 2015 from McGill-Toolen

2016  Team Win School & Team Winners in 2016 from McGill-Toolen
           First ever all female team to win overall (3rd Place)

2017  Team Win Private School & Team Winners in 2017!
            School wins 1,2 or 3 over all schools for 5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS!



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