An analysis of the conceptual structure of physics identifies essential factual and procedural knowledge which is not explicitly formulated and taught in physics courses. It leads to the conclusion that mathematical modeling of the physical world should be the central theme of physics instruction. There are reasons to believe that traditional methods for teaching physics are inefficient and substantial improvements in instruction can be achieved by a vigorous program of pedagogical research and development.
%0 Journal Article %A Hestenes, David %D May 1, 1987 %T Toward a modeling theory of physics instruction %J Am. J. Phys. %V 55 %N 5 %P 440-454 %8 May 1, 1987 %M 2945908 %U http://modeling.asu.edu/R&E/ModelingThryPhysics.pdf
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