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ERIC Number: EJ787544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Helping Students Reconstruct Conceptions of Thermodynamics: Energy and Heat
Krummel, Russell; Sunal, Dennis W.; Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v44 n3 p106-112 Fall 2007
Thermodynamics, specifically energy and heat, is a major concept in the foundations of physics and physical science. To determine a strategy to teach thermodynamics meaningfully, the authors conducted classroom action research using interviews to determine secondary physics students' current conceptions of thermodynamics. On the basis of the findings, the authors developed and implemented a science unit to facilitate students' reconstructions of their ideas toward more scientifically appropriate concepts. The lessons, using a learning cycle strategy, and results of the pre- and post-interviews are presented. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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