Students' Beliefs about the Role of Atoms in Radioactive Decay and Half-Life
Prather, Edward, Journal of Geoscience Education
Contemporary science education research emphasizes the importance of considering students pre-instructional beliefs when designing effective, learner-centered instructional strategies. When scientists teach about dating geological events, most often the concepts of radioactive decay and half-life are presented. However, the research base on student understanding of radiation and radioactivity is currently quite limited. The principal research question used to focus this investigation asked: What are the common difficulties that students experience when trying to learn about radiation and radioactivity? Our research illustrates that students bring to the classroom many …
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Publication information: Article title: Students' Beliefs about the Role of Atoms in Radioactive Decay and Half-Life. Contributors: Prather, Edward - Author. Journal title: Journal of Geoscience Education. Volume: 53. Issue: 4 Publication date: September 2005. Page number: 345+. © National Association of Geoscience Teachers Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.