ERIC Number: EJ1030306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
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Molasses or Crowds: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson with Two Popular Analogies
Alsop, S.; Beale, S.
Physics Education, v48 n5 p670-676 Sep 2013
The recent discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has contributed to a surge of interest in particle physics and science education in general. Given the conceptual difficulty of the phenomenon in question, it is inevitable that teachers and science communicators rely on analogies to explain the Higgs physics and its meaning. Here, we review two popular analogies for explaining the Higgs boson, field and mechanism and their complex relationships. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these analogies and their pedagogical implications.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Logical Thinking, Concept Formation, Nuclear Physics, Teaching Methods
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