Teaching Einsteinian physics at schools: Part 1, models and analogies for relativity

Tejinder Kaur, David Blair, John Moschilla, Warren Stannard, Marjan Zadnik

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The Einstein-First project aims to change the paradigm of school science teaching through the introduction of modern Einsteinian concepts of space and time, gravity and quanta at an early age. These concepts are rarely taught to school students despite their central importance to modern science and technology. The key to implementing the Einstein-First curriculum is the development of appropriate models and analogies. This paper is the first part of a three-paper series. It presents the conceptual foundation of our approach, based on simple physical models and analogies, followed by a detailed description of the models and analogies used to teach concepts of general and special relativity. Two accompanying papers address the teaching of quantum physics (Part 2) and research outcomes (Part 3).

Original languageEnglish
Article number065012
JournalPhysics Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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