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ERIC Number: EJ909748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
On Dragon and Turkeys: Physics for Future Citizens
Colletti, Leonardo
School Science Review, v91 n337 p93-96 Jun 2010
Too often teachers describe physics solely as a technical discipline, which contributes concretely to changing our material world. In a society where prejudices and superstitions still play an important, sometimes tragic, role, there is much more to emphasise about physics. A physics teacher should introduce high school students to physics by illustrating its intellectually honest learning path, rather than by highlighting its technological implications. This learning path is based on an interplay of creativity and empirical evidence that guarantees intersubjectivity, openness and correction of mistakes. In order to communicate these ideas, a reference to short moral stories is suggested. For its fundamentally truth-oriented and testable character, science (which physics is the master of) should serve as a moral paradigm for society, not less than it serves as a technology-booster, because of its empirical nature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy