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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Problem: It was the primary purpose of this study to develop a secondary school physics curriculum guide for use within a modular-flexible schedule framework. A secondary aspect was to design a model modular-flexible schedule specifically for physics instruction.

Procedure: Information has been obtained through the direct visitation of seventeen schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and suburban areas which were using a modular-flexible scheduled program. A comprehensive study has been made of the physics curricula used in each school to determine its relative effectiveness within a modular-flexible framework.

Interrogation of administrators, staff members and. curriculum • specialists was employed to ascertain operational procedures.

Faculty members and students were questioned about the strengths and weaknesses experienced during the actual operation of the present curriculum within a modular-flexible schedule.

Summary: A physics curriculum especially designed to accent the benefits that accrue from a modular-flexible schedule has not been produced prior to this effort. The guide produced herein effectively reflects the basic philosophies of the three principal approaches to the study of physics. Modular-flexible scheduling and the "new-design" of the curriculum complement one another and enhance learning.