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ERIC Number: EJ1154901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Helping Lower Secondary Students Develop Conceptual Understanding of Electrostatic Forces
Moynihan, Richard; van Kampen, Paul; Finlayson, Odilla; McLoughlin, Eilish
School Science Review, v98 n363 p101-108 Dec 2016
This article describes the development of a lesson sequence that supports secondary-level students to construct an explanatory model for electrostatic attraction using a guided enquiry method. The students examine electrostatic interactions at a macro level and explain the phenomena at the atomic level. Pre-tests, post-tests, homework assignments and classroom observations were used to develop lessons and investigate how students' understanding of charged--neutral body interactions developed. We found that students initially over-rely on the rule "opposites attract and similar charges repel" in situations unfamiliar to them, and generally struggle with the concept of induced charge on a neutral body.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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