ERIC Number: EJ859348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Reaching Nonscience Students through Science Fiction
Smith, Donald A.
Physics Teacher, v47 n5 p302-305 May 2009
In 2006 I had the chance to design a physics course for students not majoring in scientific fields. I chose to shape the course around science fiction, not as a source for quantitative problems but as a means for conveying important physics concepts. I hoped that, by encountering these concepts in narratives, students with little or no science or math training might become more comfortable with them. I also thought the stories might provide the ideas with a context that would enable students to remember them more clearly than if they were reading a physics textbook.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Fiction, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Student Motivation, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, College Science, Nonmajors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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