ERIC Number: EJ963874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
A 21st Century Perspective as a Primer to Introductory Physics
Curtis, Lorenzo J.
European Journal of Physics, v32 n5 p1259-1274 Sep 2011
Much effort over many years has been devoted to the reform of the teaching of physics. This has led to many new and imaginative approaches in the content and delivery of material. Great strides have been made in the delivery, and the content has been continually supplemented. However, attempts to modernize the basic structure of the presentation have faced resistance, and the majority of introductory physics textbooks in wide adoption today have a general structure that has changed little in over 60 years. Thus, in comparison to biology, chemistry, geology, etc, physics is unique in that its introductory course is not a survey of the current status of the field. In an attempt to circumvent this problem in a tractable way, we have developed a qualitative front-end course designed to create a 21st century perspective that can be embedded into the beginning of a standard introductory physics sequence.
Descriptors: Textbooks, Physics, Geology, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses, Educational Change, Biology, Chemistry, High School Students, Inquiry, Mechanics (Physics), Higher Education, Scientific Concepts, Legislation, Public Schools, Curriculum Development, Statistics
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Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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