Einsteinian physics: challenging the paradigm for teaching high school science

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At the turn of the 20th century, discoveries by Einstein and other physicists altered our understanding of reality, resulting in a technological advancement through the development of computers, mobile phones, GPS, etc. Despite this, most schools worldwide still only teach Newtonian concepts. This research explores the feasibility of introducing Einsteinian physics to school students through simple and inexpensive models and analogies. The results suggested that it is possible and beneficial for Einsteinian physics to be introduced in school. The effects are independent of aptitude or prior knowledge and interestingly, female students respond more significantly.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Blair, David, Supervisor
  • Zadnik, Marjan, Supervisor
  • Treagust, David, Supervisor, External person
Award date22 Oct 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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