Common Misconceptions about Heat and Insulation

The concepts of energy and heat are challenging for elementary students. Because young students are not ready to delve into kinetic theory and molecular motion, much of the explanation of heat and energy transfer is inaccessible to them. In addition, the use of the word "energy" in popular culture may interfere with the development of scientific understanding. Nevertheless, elementary students are capable of exploring heat through observations and qualitative, developmentally appropriate explanations.

Fries-Gaither, Jessica

Interactive Heat Transfer Simulations for Everyone

Xie, Charles
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Heat transfer is widely taught in secondary Earth science and physics. Researchers have identified many misconceptions related to heat and temperature. These misconceptions primarily stem from hunches developed in everyday life (though the confusions in terminology often worsen them). Interactive computer simulations that visualize thermal energy, temperature distribution, and heat transfer may provide a straightforward method for teaching and learning these concepts.

2011 AAPT Winter Meeting

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Sat, 01/08/2011 (All day) to Wed, 01/12/2011 (All day)
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SURGE: Connecting students' intuitive understandings about kinematics and Newtonian mechanics into explicit formalized frameworks (Clark)

Douglas Clark
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Assessing the Learning in Cyberlearning: Supporting Teachers with Technology- Embedded Assessment
Kimberle Koile and Paul Horwitz, Concord Consortium; Doug Clark,Vanderbilt University; Diane Jass Ketelhut, Temple University

In this session, the presenters discuss findings and experiences regarding technology-embedded assessment and how to support teachers in using it effectively.

2010 AAPT Summer Meeting; Portland, OR

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