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American Journal of Physics
written by Rachel E. Scherr, Peter S. Shaffer, and Stamatis Vokos
Previous research indicates that after standard instruction, students at all levels often construct a conceptual framework in which the ideas of absolute simultaneity and the relativity of simultaneity co-exist. We describe the development and assessment of instructional materials intended to improve student understanding of the concept of time in special relativity, the relativity of simultaneity, and the role of observers in inertial reference frames. Results from pretests and post-tests are presented to demonstrate the effect of the curriculum in helping students deepen their understanding of these topics. Excerpts from taped interviews and classroom interactions help illustrate the intense cognitive conflict that students encounter as they are led to confront the incompatibility of their deeply held beliefs about simultaneity with the results of special relativity.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 70, Issue 12, Pages 1238-1248
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
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- Cognition
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Relativity
- Beyond Relativity
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© 2002 American Journal of Physics
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10.1119/1.1509420
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Concept Formation, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Material Development, Physics, Relativity, Science Education
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R. Scherr, P. Shaffer, and S. Vokos, Am. J. Phys. 70 (12), 1238 (2002), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1509420).
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R. Scherr, P. Shaffer, and S. Vokos, The challenge of changing deeply held student beliefs about the relativity of simultaneity, Am. J. Phys. 70 (12), 1238 (2002), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1509420>.
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Scherr, R., Shaffer, P., & Vokos, S. (2002, December 1). The challenge of changing deeply held student beliefs about the relativity of simultaneity. Am. J. Phys., 70(12), 1238-1248. Retrieved October 26, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1509420
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Scherr, R, P. Shaffer, and S. Vokos. "The challenge of changing deeply held student beliefs about the relativity of simultaneity." Am. J. Phys. 70, no. 12, (December 1, 2002): 1238-1248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1509420 (accessed 26 October 2014).
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Scherr, Rachel, Peter Shaffer, and Stamatis Vokos. "The challenge of changing deeply held student beliefs about the relativity of simultaneity." Am. J. Phys. 70.12 (2002): 1238-1248. 26 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1509420>.
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