ERIC Number: ED294768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Can Cognitive Theory Help Us Teach Physics?
Gray, Robert L.; Lochhead, Jack
The idea that cognitive science can provide useful guidance to the teaching of physics has been met by some with skepticism. One argument is that the current understanding of cognition is too crude to be helpful; another, that any scientific approach to education stifles the art of teaching. Some feel that art and science need not be incompatible. This paper offers several illustrations of ways in which cognitive science can be used to refine the art of physics teaching. For a theory to be pedagogically useful it should help teachers see things they might not otherwise have noticed, provide an overall organizing scheme for instruction and suggest specific activities that can improve instruction. This paper focuses on the physics problem. Examples have been drawn from introductory level college physics classes. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy.
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