In order to see greater learning, students' previous knowledge must be taken into consideration when designing a curriculum. However, students' skills and values also play a key role in their learning. Most often these are part of the "hidden" or implicit curriculum. Only when they are explicitly addressed is their improvement.
There are many successful curricula already, but we hope that Thinking in Physics can fill a niche. TIP activities target the needs of the least prepared students. By helping students to understand variables, refine their problem solving skills, develop cognitive and metacognitive skills, we have already seen that students learn more conceptual physics.
If you would like more information about TIP, or discuss possible connections, please contact Jeff Phillips (email@example.com). You can also visit the LMU PER website (http://myweb.lmu.edu/jphillips/PER). There is a link to this talk (and many of the others) on the SCAAPT website.