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ERIC Number: EJ831459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
What about Albert Einstein? Using Biographies to Promote Students' Scientific Thinking
Fingon, Joan C.; Fingon, Shallon D.
Science Scope, v32 n7 p51-55 Mar 2009
Who hasn't heard of Einstein? Science educators everywhere are familiar with Einstein's genius and general theory of relativity. Students easily recognize Einstein's image by his white flyaway hair and bushy mustache. It is well known that Einstein was a brilliant physicist and an abstract thinker who often used his creativity and imagination in his scientific thought process (Parker 2003). Clearly, if students had opportunities to study Einstein and other scientists, it might increase their interest in science and encourage them to think more like scientists. To that end, this article describes how Einstein can be highlighted in a biography unit for the middle grades. (Contains 2 figures, 20 resources, and 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A