Teaching Einsteinian physics at schools: Part 3, review of research outcomes

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    This paper reviews research results obtained from Einsteinian physics programs run by different instructors with Years 6, 9, 10 and 11 students using the models and analogies described in parts 1 and 2. The research aimed to determine whether it is possible to teach Einsteinian physics and to measure the changes in student attitudes to physics engendered by introducing the modern concepts that underpin technology today. Results showed that students easily coped with the concepts of Einsteinian physics, and considered that they were not too young for the material presented. Importantly, in all groups, girls improved their attitude to physics considerably more than the boys, generally achieving near parity with the boys.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number065014
    JournalPhysics Education
    Volume52
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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