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ERIC Number: EJ945884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Using NASA Science News Articles to Enhance Learning in the Classroom
Singh, Vandana
Physics Teacher, v49 n8 p482-483 Nov 2011
In this author's experience, students of introductory physics and physical science courses are often under-confident of their ability to master physics concepts, many of them believing they simply cannot "get physics," however hard they might work at it. In addition, they have an impression that physics is not only dry and boring but also static (they do, after all, spend much of their time on the discoveries of Galileo and Newton in physics class). Since they are unlikely to read popular science articles in the media, they tend to be unaware of cutting-edge research in the physical sciences that might, for good or ill, transform their lives. This paper describes an innovative use of articles from NASA's Science News website, and similar Internet resources that can potentially address the issue of student confidence while increasing science literacy and interest. The approach is inspired by the work of educational psychologist Carol Dweck and her research on "fixed" versus "growth" mindsets. I believe it is necessary for instructors to understand her work if we are to increase student comprehension, interest, and curiosity in the physical sciences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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