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Abstract Title: Adaptation and Implementation of the Physics and Everyday Thinking Curriculum in a High School Physics Classroom
Abstract: The Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) curriculum is based on educational research and consists of carefully sequenced sets of activities intended to help students develop physics ideas through guided experimentation and questioning with extensive small group and whole class discussion.  A high school physics teacher has adapted and implemented the PET curriculum in two urban high schools with the aim of removing barriers that typically limit access to the physics curriculum. Though PET was not designed for secondary physics students, this teacher has worked closely with physics education research faculty and graduate students to simultaneously implement and investigate the impact of PET on urban high school students' physics learning. Preliminary results indicate that an adapted version of PET has great potential to provide greater opportunities for access and success in understanding physics as well as the nature of science.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

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Primary Contact: Shelly Belleau
Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts
3888 Beasley Dr.
Erie, CO 80516