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Description:

This paper focuses on difficulties linked to situations in physics involving two models: geometrical optics and wave optics. The starting point is an investigation of university-level students' difficulties. Excerpts from textbooks are given, to illustrate potential difficulties. A content analysis is then presented, underlining two important features required for dealing with such situations: awareness of the status of the drawings, and the "backward selection" of paths of light. These features could provide some guidelines for the designing of innovative teaching strategies.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003063119860T,NSDL,Models,General Physics,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Education Practices,Physics,Engineering,Higher Education,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Science Instruction,Instructional Material Design,Educational Strategies,Education,Optics,Physics Education Research,Graduate/Professional

Language:

English

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