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Model Making and Model Breaking

Teaching students to construct models that describe natural phenomena is a key part of science literacy. A year-long study using 160 university students and four instructors showed that students who use instructional methods used in Pivot Interactives increased their ability to construct models (Model Making) compared with students who did not. Similarly, students who used Pivot Interactives instructional methods showed an increased ability to evaluate whether a known model adequately describes a new situation, a skill the authors called Model Breaking.

An upcoming paper will appear in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research. An abstract of the paper is available here.