TITLE

Do Elementary Science Methods Textbooks Facilitate the Understanding of Magnet Concepts?

AUTHOR(S)
Barrow, Lloyd H.
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Journal of Science Education & Technology;Sep2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p199
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The study of magnets is a common physical science topic for elementary students. This study examined elementary science methods textbooks to determine how magnet concepts were presented. Each methods textbook's section relating to magnets was read. Particular attention was paid to the organization, sequence of concepts, potential misconceptions, and types of investigations included. A previously validated magnet concept list was used. A detailed analysis of 11 elementary science methods textbooks found great variation in the magnet concepts presented, general omission of ceramic magnets, frequent misconceptions about poles, and limited investigations that address both attraction and repulsion.
ACCESSION #
15604700

 

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