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Teacher responses to their multiple goals for teaching energy
written by Michael C. Wittmann, Carolina Alvarado, and Laura A. Millay
Teachers discussing pedagogical strategies to help students with an incorrect idea about potential energy expressed competing goals for guiding student thinking: keep it simple and explore complexity. On the one hand, teachers wished to avoid being "overly complicated" in their teaching, suggesting that they should have students stick to naming forms of energy in a system and naming principles like the law of conservation of energy. On the other hand, teachers recognized that students might also engage with, wonder about, and have good ideas about systems, mechanisms, and causality. In addition, teachers themselves showed a need develop operational understandings of energy transformation, conservation, and system even in a simple energy scenario, rather than simply identifying forms and principles. Thus, the initial desire for keeping instruction simple was contradicted both by the recognition that students were capable of more complex analysis, even if it interfered with the goals of simple instruction, and by an awareness that understanding even a simple energy scenario involves grappling with complex ideas.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 379-382
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M. Wittmann, C. Alvarado, and L. Millay, Teacher responses to their multiple goals for teaching energy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13912&DocID=4330>.
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Wittmann, M., Alvarado, C., & Millay, L. (2015, July 29-30). Teacher responses to their multiple goals for teaching energy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved August 20, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13912&DocID=4330
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Wittmann, M, C. Alvarado, and L. Millay. "Teacher responses to their multiple goals for teaching energy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13912&DocID=4330 (accessed 20 August 2017).
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Wittmann, Michael, Carolina Alvarado, and Laura Millay. "Teacher responses to their multiple goals for teaching energy." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 379-382 of PER Conference. 20 Aug. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13912&DocID=4330>.
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