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ERIC Number: EJ960496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Draw Your Physics Homework? Art as a Path to Understanding in Physics Teaching
van der Veen, Jatila
American Educational Research Journal, v49 n2 p356-407 Apr 2012
The persistent fear of physics by learners motivated the author to take action to increase all students' interest in the subject via a new curriculum for introductory college physics that applies Greene's model of Aesthetic Education to the study of contemporary physics, utilizing symmetry as the mathematical foundation of physics as well as the conceptual link between physics and the arts. The author describes the curriculum and suggests how students' drawings and written commentaries can provide insights into students' preferred learning modalities, promote understanding of abstract concepts through visualization, and reveal students' preexisting attitudes toward science. Outcomes align with the goals of improving students' attitudes toward physics, indicated by their comments, written work, and results of the Maryland Physics Expectations Survey. (Contains 3 tables and 17 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California