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Abstract Title: Newton's Third Law in Middle School
Abstract: Newton's Third Law is a difficult concept to teach well, and middle school students' ideas are mediated by their teachers' conceptions as well as their lived experiences.  As part of a school-year course for in-service middle school  using inquiry techniques with teachers, eighth-grade science teachers studied Newton's Third Law and how to facilitate their students' learning of it, and taught their students. In this study, we self-assessed the teachers' learning of Newton's Third Law, and they assessed their students using a similar instrument. From student gains, we compare teachers' ideas and their students' learning.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gordon Aubrecht
Ohio State University
Marion, OH 43210
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor C Sayre, Ohio State University