ERIC Number: EJ1044213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
How Might Educational Research into Children's Ideas about Light Be of Use to Teachers?
Hardman, Mark; Riordan, John-Paul
Physics Education, v49 n6 p644-653 Nov 2014
This paper offers a synthesis of research evidence around teaching light to primary and secondary school pupils as part of the Institute of Physics Promoting and Interpreting Physics Education Research (PIPER) project. Conceptual change literature describes many of the difficulties young people can have understanding the phenomenon of light, and this knowledge can be useful in the classroom. Pupil-teacher dialogue is used to illustrate some of the pedagogical challenges teachers face in this topic. This paper also highlights the range of influences on pupils from everyday life and from the classroom, with a view to promoting teacher awareness of conceptual change research evidence.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Educational Research, Light, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Environmental Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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