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Physics education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Physics education or physics education research (PER) refers both to the methods currently used to teach physics and to an area of pedagogical research that seeks to improve those methods. Historically, physics has been taught at the high school and college level primarily by the lecture method together with laboratory exercises aimed at verifying concepts taught in the lectures. These concepts are better understood when lectures are accompanied with demonstration, hand-on experiments, and questions that require students to ponder what will happen in an experiment and why. Students who participate in active learning for example with hands-on experiments learn through self-discovery. By trial and error they learn to change their preconceptions about phenomena in physics and discover the underlying concepts.

Aristotle wrote what is considered now as the first textbook of physics.[1] Aristotle's ideas were taught unchanged until the late Middle Ages, when scientists started making discoveries that didn't fit them. For example, Copernicus' discovery contradicted Aristotle's idea of an Earth-centric universe. Aristotle's ideas about motion weren't displaced until the end of the 17th century, when Newton published his ideas.

Today's physics students keep thinking of physics concepts in Aristotlean terms, despite being taught only Newtonian concepts.[2]

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Even though it's wikipedia, it's still a good overview of the field of PER and includes information about other resources.

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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research

Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research | Physics Education Research | Scoop.it
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Online peer reviewed journal for physics education research.

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Electricity and Magnetism | Physics Project on Current & Magnetic Field | Education Video

Intorduction to basics of electricity and laws of magnetism. This animation science video on transmission of current (electricity) could be an excellent work...
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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Infographic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Infographic | Physics Education Research | Scoop.it
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.

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Hein Holthuizen's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:20 AM

a few years of study in 1 sheet ;-)

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A great tool!

Miguel Angel Gutierrez Andrade's curator insight, December 6, 2013 12:26 PM
Muy interesante presentación, sobre los enfoques de las teorías de aprendizaje.
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How do we interpret information in graphs? Does it vary depending on the context of the graph? This study looks at three different contexts: Math, Physics, and Contexts outside of math and physics.

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Open Letter to the President: Physics Education

Link to Brady's SixtySymbols video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzn2ecB4Hzs MinutePhysics is on Google+ - http://bit.ly/qzEwc6 And facebook - http://faceb...
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Building A Model Rocket Can Be A Great Learning Experience

Building and flying model rockets can be a great way for students of any age to learn a bit about the basic rules of physics. Although model rockets may look...
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Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers - Infographic

Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers - Infographic | Physics Education Research | Scoop.it
Download an 11X17 version of the Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers Infographic by Mentoring Minds.com.

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Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:05 PM
Mathy: Definitely the time to make some changes...
Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:08 PM
Diane: I agree, the Flipped Classroom is a great strategy to engage the students!
Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:08 PM
Diane: I agree, the Flipped Classroom is a great strategy to engage the students!