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Electrical Charge and Energy

Teaching About Energy

This paper can be used to supplement CTS Sections II and IV. The paper addresses commonly held ideas students have about energy, why the concept of energy is so difficult to learn, considerations for teaching energy-related ideas, and suggestions for teaching specific energy-related concepts.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Millar, R. Teaching about Energy. 2005. Department of Educational Studies: Research Paper 2005/11. University of York. www.york.ac.uk/depts/educ/research/ResearchPaperSeries/Paper11Teachingaboutenergy.pdf

Electricity and Magnetism

This supplement can be used with Section I to improve teachers' understanding of concepts related to static electricity, current electricty, and magnetism as well as helping understand the connection between electricty and magentism.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Robertson, W. (2005). Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science so You Can Teach It- Electricity and Magnetism Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Children's Ideas in Science

The chapters in this book can be used as supplements for Sections II and IV, providing a more detailed description of many of the same research studies summarized in Making Sense of Secondary Science, one of the collective resources used in CTS. Each chapter explores ideas of students aged 10-16 about natural phenomena and examines how students' conceptions change and develop with teaching.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Driver, R., Guesne, E. and Tiberghien, A. (1985). Children's Ideas in Science Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press.

Can We Believe Our Eyes?

This 55 minute video can be used with Section II to explore why a common elementary science activity- lighting a bulb with a battery and a wire- does not necessarily result in learning. Adults, in this case Harvard and MIT graduates, are asked to repeat the same task many years later, and have difficulty with understanding what they need to do to light the bulb.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1997). "Can We Believe Our Eyes?" in Minds of Their Own. <http://www.learner.org/resources/series26.html#> (Scroll Down to "Can We Believe Our Eyes")
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