ERIC Number: ED233885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Transparencies on Light: Teacher's Manual. Research Series No. 130.
Anderson, Charles W.; Smith, Edward L.
Results of observations and of students' performance on pretest/posttests suggest that almost all students enter the fifth grade with certain fundamental misconceptions about light and how people see. Unfortunately, fifth grade science textbooks often fail to inform teachers about these misconceptions or to suggest a teaching strategy that will help teachers with them. Therefore, 13 transparencies were developed for use with the unit on light found in the fifth-grade textbook "Exploring Science" by M.K. Blecha, P.C. Gega, and M. Green (1979, Laidlaw Brothers). The transparencies (keyed to an appropriate page in the text) and this manual were designed to help teachers understand common student misconceptions about light and change those student misconceptions to scientific or goal conceptions. The manual contains: (1) an introduction describing how the transparencies are to be used; (2) illustrations of the transparencies and a commentary contrasting student answers to the questions posed with the correct "textbook" answers; and (3) three tables contrasting common student misconceptions (naive beliefs) with scientific or goal conceptions on a number of topics related to light and seeing, pathways of light, and color. (JN)
Descriptors: Color, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Light, Material Development, Science Education, Science Instruction, Transparencies
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.