ERIC Number: ED462264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Who Needs To Learn Physics in the 21st Century--And Why?
Redish, Edward F.
This paper considers what physics can offer students, both as physics majors and in other sciences. The recent increases in the technological character of the workplace appear likely to continue, leading to increasing numbers of individuals who should learn something about science. For many of these people, understanding the character of science, including learning new ways to think about and analyze the physical world, is an essential component of what they need to learn. In the next few years, there will be a need to figure out exactly what can be usefully taught and how to do it effectively in the short time that students are in a physics class. The critical information for this discussion comes from a careful consideration of what it means to think about and understand science and from careful observations of the actual thinking processes of incoming physics students. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/DDR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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