How might educational research into children’s ideas about light be of use to teachers?

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Riordan, J. 2014. How might educational research into children’s ideas about light be of use to teachers? Physics Education. 49 (6), pp. 644-653. https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/49/6/644
AuthorsRiordan, J.
Abstract

This paper offers a synthesis of research evidence around teaching light to primary and secondary school pupils, as part of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Promoting and Interpreting Physics Education Research (PIPER) project. Conceptual change literature describes many difficulties young people have with understanding the phenomenon of light, and this knowledge can be useful in the classroom. Pupil teacher dialogue is used to illustrate some of the pedagogical challenges teachers face in this topic. This paper highlights a range of influences on pupils from everyday life and from the classroom, with a view to promoting teacher awareness of conceptual change research evidence.

KeywordsLight; conceptual change; science; pedagogy; education; misconception
Year2014
JournalPhysics Education
Journal citation49 (6), pp. 644-653
PublisherInstitute of Physics
ISSN0031-9120
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/49/6/644
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/49/6/644
Related URLhttps://iopscience.iop.org/
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PrintNov 2014
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Submitted25 Jun 2014
Accepted31 Jul 2014
Deposited05 Nov 2019
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