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ERIC Number: EJ1001081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Wearing Forces Spectacles
Perrin, Graham
Primary Science, n124 p32-33 Sep 2012
When providing training to teachers struggling with the concept of forces, the author encourages them to start with something within the experience of the children they are teaching. For example, show them photographs taken on windy days, such as that of a tree, and ask them to explain what is happening. This encourages the children to focus on the details. Start by looking for change--how was the behaviour of the tree changed? When one can see where the change is, the rest of the picture can be ignored. This is the first stumbling block in talking about forces; most people tend to over-analyze a situation. It is easy to get carried away; forces never act alone! However, by focusing on a particular object, one can overcome this issue and can encourage a chain of questioning about "where" the change happened, "what" is causing the change, and "how" is it causing the change?. The real value of these activities is the development of the children's higher level thinking skills. (Contains 4 figures and 1 box.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A