Physics First: Impact on SAT Math Scores (CREATE-STEM)

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Center for Teaching Excellence UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Presented by:

Craig Bouma, Teacher, Loyola High School

Improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has become a national priority and the call to modernize high school science has been heard. A Physics First (PF) curriculum sequence of physics-chemistry-biology driven by inquiry- and project-based learning offers a viable alternative to the traditional curricular sequence of biology-chemistry-physics based on traditional methods of teaching. This study determines the impact of a PF program on math achievement (SAT math scores) after the first two cohorts of students completed the PF program at Matteo Ricci High School.  In this talk, we provide quantitative data to inform the PF debate and to advance secondary science education. 

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to or x85866.

This talk is part of the Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment, and Teaching Environments for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics series. The goal of the series is to provide a forum for faculty working on research related to STEM education to present and discuss their work. All interested welcome.

The CREATE-STEM series is organized by Anna Bargagliotti, Ph.D., Mathematics, and Jeff Phillips, Ph.D., Physics. Please contact them directly or via for details.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.


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CTE General, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)


CTE General, STEM Education Research Seminar

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