Rethinking Middle School Energy Instruction

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Comiskey (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Jeffrey C. Nordine , Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Common approaches to middle school energy instruction have shown little success in helping students use energy concepts to make sense of their experiences outside of school. While traditional instruction often focuses on simple calculations of energy in idealized systems, a semi-quantitative approach focused on energy transformations in everyday, non-idealized systems shows promise in promoting more sophisticated conceptions and enhancing studentsí readiness for future energy-related learning.