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Re: [Phys-l] Student Misconceptions

I would also suggest looking at "Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching" by Randall Knight. It does have a summary of students' ideas about each topic, including most everything in a typical introductory course.

(I also agree with J.M.C. that targeting misconceptions is not the only strategy to use.)


Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, Ph.D.
Teacher Education Programs Manager
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

On Sep 28, 2011, at 3:59 PM, John Clement wrote:

The most complete volume is probably Arons "Teaching Introductory Physics".
But there has been a lot of research since then. It is pretty good on
mechanics, but not for other topics.

Just concentrating on misconceptions will probably not give the best
results. A coherent curriculum with the necessary learning cycle components
will help students more than just hitting misconceptions. But certainly
some misconceptions need to be brought out and exposed.

John M. Clement
Houston, Tx

Is there a single volume a physics teacher can refer to that
contains/discusses common student misconceptions in physics, as
revealed by PER? I know that there are many articles documenting and
studying them, but they seemed to be scattered over the years and over
the journals. The desire is to use this as part of course preparation.

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