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ERIC Number: EJ868965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The Pennies-as-Electrons Analogy
Ashmann, Scott
Science and Children, v47 n4 p24-27 Dec 2009
Everyday experiences familiarize students with the ways in which electricity is used, but often the underlying concepts remain a mystery. Teachers often use analogies to help students relate the flow of electrons to other common systems, but many times these analogies are incomplete and lead to more student misconceptions. However, the "pass the pennies" activity described in this article was found to actively engage students and help them understand the flow of electrons through a circuit while minimizing scientific misconceptions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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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