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ERIC Number: ED055845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Pages: 17
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The Use of History in Secondary School Physics.
Paldy, Lester G.
The intent of including history in physics courses is to give young students an increased sense of their own identities and a better understanding of their potential roles in our culture, as well as to show that physics is a valuable activity because it enlarges the variety of human experience. A review of the status of history in secondary school physics deals mainly with a discussion of Project Physics. The need for a larger impact in the area of historical physics is expressed. The lack of teacher preparation in this topic should be overcome by more effort on the part of colleges and in the development of more and better teaching aids. Several source materials are identified. As a summary, four guidelines on teaching the history of physics are proposed: (1) emphasize experimental aspects, (2) avoid the overemphasis of history, (3) use materials relevant to contemporary problems, and (4) investigate the life and time of various physicists. (TS)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Working Seminar on the Role of the History of Physics in Physics Education, M.I.T., July 1970