Eradicating physics Misconceptions Using the Conceptual Change Method
Podolner, Aaron S.
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The student teaching experience surprised me in many ways. Actually it was my own misconceptions about misconceptions that proved to be so enlightening. I thought wrongly that my biggest obstacle as a teacher would be to prove that physics is in fact fun and worth studying. I also thought that my students’ parents’ attitudes towards physics could greatly change my students ability to learn, but that also turned out to not be the case. What I did discover was that preconceptions about specific topics in physics were my greatest enemy. Dissolving these myths is no easy task, and traditional methods just don’t do the job. Essentially, students have to confront their beliefs and reconcile the differences between their notions and the truth in order for them to truly learn a new topic. The Conceptual Change Method is one way to do this, and research has shown that all the aspects of this method are much better than the traditional lecture style of teaching physics.