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ERIC Number: EJ860232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Energy and the Confused Student III: Language
Jewett, John W., Jr.
Physics Teacher, v46 n3 p149-153 Mar 2008
Energy is a critical concept in physics problem-solving, but is often a major source of confusion for students if the presentation is not carefully crafted by the instructor or the textbook. Confusion can be caused by the careless use of language in energy discussions. Students consciously or unconsciously imitate a teacher in their use of language and so can confuse themselves and others if they employ or pass on incorrect usage of words and concepts. In this third article in the series, we look at some common examples. [For Part II, see EJ860222.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A