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Physics Education
written by David Shipstone
There have been many studies worldwide of children's understanding of basic electrical concepts so that there is now quite a clear picture of many of their difficulties. By contrast, work on remediation is in its infancy. The article describes research findings concerning children's difficulties with the concepts of circuit, current and electrical energy and discusses some possible approaches to instruction which arise in the light of these findings. Much of the research carried out has been within the paradigm of constructivist psychology which views all human beings as prototypical scientists, constructing hypotheses and testing these against experience as their way of understanding the world around them. In seeking to understand electrical phenomena children construct a variety of explanatory conceptual models, some of which they then hold very tenaciously.
Physics Education: Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 92-96
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10.1088/0031-9120/23/2/004
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Electric Batteries, Electric Circuits, Electricity, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Theories, Physical Sciences, Physics, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
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November 23, 2005 by Vince Kuo
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March 1, 1988
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D. Shipstone, Phys. Educ. 23 (2), 92 (1988), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/23/2/004).
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D. Shipstone, Pupils' understanding of simple electrical circuits: Some implications for instruction, Phys. Educ. 23 (2), 92 (1988), <https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/23/2/004>.
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Shipstone, D. (1988, March 1). Pupils' understanding of simple electrical circuits: Some implications for instruction. Phys. Educ., 23(2), 92-96. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/23/2/004
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Shipstone, David. "Pupils' understanding of simple electrical circuits: Some implications for instruction." Phys. Educ. 23, no. 2, (March 1, 1988): 92-96, https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/23/2/004 (accessed 4 December 2021).
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Shipstone, David. "Pupils' understanding of simple electrical circuits: Some implications for instruction." Phys. Educ. 23.2 (1988): 92-96. 4 Dec. 2021 <https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/23/2/004>.
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