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ERIC Number: EJ824917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Bright Spark: Open Teaching of Science Using Faraday's Lectures on Candles
Walker, Mark; Groger, Martin; Schutler, Kirsten; Mosler, Bernd
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n1 p59-62 Jan 2008
As well as being a founding father of modern chemistry and physics Michael Faraday was also a skilled lecturer, able to explain scientific principles and ideas simply and concisely to nonscientific audiences. However science didactics today emphasizes the use of open and student-centered methods of teaching in which students find and develop explanations for scientific phenomena instead of the simply learning about them from lectures and demonstrations. We decided to adapt Faraday's famous lecture series "The Natural History of the Candle" so that some of the ideas and experiments he presented could be used in a student-centered setting, where students decide the meaning of what they see and do.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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