The Role of Language in the Teaching of Energy: The Case of ‘Heat Energy’

P. A. Kraus and S. Vokos, "The role of language in the teaching of energy: The case of 'heat energy,'" Washington State Teachers' Association Journal (Spring 2011)


This article describes the different terms that scientists, science standards, and science curricula use when describing basic ideas related to thermodynamics. An intermediate proposal is offered to bridge the language discrepancies until the scientific community reaches consensus.