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written by Sarah B. McKagan, Rachel E. Scherr, Eleanor W. Close, and Hunter G. Close
Traditional instruction on energy often presents forms of energy as a seemingly arbitrary list to be memorized, with little discussion of the meaning or purpose of these forms. Learners often struggle to make sense of these forms, and neither physicists nor physics educators are explicit about the criteria used to create these lists. This article presents our understanding of the meaning and purpose of forms, based on (1) our understanding of how physicists have used forms and (2) our observations of how elementary teachers create new forms and categorize existing forms in order to understand real-world problems. We propose that explicitly articulating the criteria used to identify forms of energy can empower teachers and students and help them to understand both the concept of energy and the nature of science.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 279-282
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Communication
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3680049
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0822342
PACSs:
01.40.eg
01.40.Fk
01.40.jc
Keywords:
Elementary Education, Nature of Science, PERC 2011, Teacher Preparation, teacher professional development
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S. McKagan, R. Scherr, E. Close, and H. Close, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11867&DocID=2715).
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S. McKagan, R. Scherr, E. Close, and H. Close, Criteria for Creating and Categorizing Forms of Energy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11867&DocID=2715>.
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McKagan, S., Scherr, R., Close, E., & Close, H. (2011, August 3-4). Criteria for Creating and Categorizing Forms of Energy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11867&DocID=2715
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McKagan, S, R. Scherr, E. Close, and H. Close. "Criteria for Creating and Categorizing Forms of Energy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11867&DocID=2715 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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McKagan, Sarah B., Rachel Scherr, Eleanor Close, and Hunter Close. "Criteria for Creating and Categorizing Forms of Energy." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 279-282 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11867&DocID=2715>.
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