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Abstract Title: The Next Generation Science Standards: To What Extent are Modern Physics Concepts Included?
Abstract: Developments in nanotechnology and their applications to daily life have canalized people's attention to subatomic-level particles and their behaviors. Different features of such particles are used in many fields from medical treatments to manufacturing. Concerning the need for understanding subatomic-world, physics educators have recently argued that some quantum physics concepts (QPCs) should be introduced to students starting from high school (Ireson, 2000). Based on these arguments, we focused on current state-level standards and the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to examine the extent to which they address QPCs. The NGSS essentially define the minimum of what all students should learn by the time they finish high school.  In this study, we (a) compared how QPCs are addressed in state-level standards versus NGSS; and (b) analyzed the alignment of QPCs in NGSS and state-level standards with current secondary physics textbooks. We conclude with implications for secondary physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tugba Yuksel
PhD Student & Research Assistant
525 Northwestern Avenue Room 230
Department of Physics
West lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: (765) 586-3115
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lynn A. Bryan, PhD, Professor, Purdue University