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Journal of Physics Teaching Online
written by Chandralekha Singh and Christian D. Schunn
This paper describes three conceptual areas in physics that are particularly important targets for educational interventions in K-12 science. These conceptual areas are force and motion, conservation of energy, and geometrical optics, which were prominent in the US national and four US state standards that we examined. The four US state standards that were analyzed to explore the extent to which the K-12 science standards differ in different states were selected to include states in different geographic regions and of different sizes. The three conceptual areas that were common to all the four state standards are conceptual building blocks for other science concepts covered in the K-12 curriculum. Since these three areas have been found to be ripe with deep student misconceptions that are resilient to conventional physics instruction, the nature of difficulties in these areas is described in some depth, along with pointers towards approaches that have met with some success in each conceptual area.
Journal of Physics Teaching Online: Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 16-42
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
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- Work and Energy
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- Geometrical Optics
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K-12 science standards, conservation of energy, force and motion, geometrical optics, misconceptions
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C. Singh and C. Schunn, J. Phys. Teach. Online 5 (2), 16 (2009), WWW Document, (http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo/issues/jpteo5(2)aut09.pdf#Page=16).
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C. Singh and C. Schunn, Connecting three pivotal concepts in K-12 science state standards and maps of conceptual growth to research in physics education J. Phys. Teach. Online 5 (2), 16 (2009), <http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo/issues/jpteo5(2)aut09.pdf#Page=16>.
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Singh, C., & Schunn, C. (2009, September 15). Connecting three pivotal concepts in K-12 science state standards and maps of conceptual growth to research in physics education. J. Phys. Teach. Online, 5(2), 16-42. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo/issues/jpteo5(2)aut09.pdf#Page=16
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Christian Schunn. "Connecting three pivotal concepts in K-12 science state standards and maps of conceptual growth to research in physics education." J. Phys. Teach. Online. 5, no. 2, (September 15, 2009): 16-42, http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo/issues/jpteo5(2)aut09.pdf#Page=16 (accessed 30 July 2014).
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Christian Schunn. "Connecting three pivotal concepts in K-12 science state standards and maps of conceptual growth to research in physics education." J. Phys. Teach. Online 5.2 (2009): 16-42. 30 July 2014 <http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/jpteo/issues/jpteo5(2)aut09.pdf#Page=16>.
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