Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Vol. 2

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Vol. 2

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By Page Keeley and Rand Harrington. $37.95. 190 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2014. ISBN: 9781936137374.

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Some people couldn't wait for the last Harry Potter book to come out. Still others look forward to the next installment of Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones. I, on the other hand, jumped for joy when Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Vol. 2, arrived at my door. I can now say that my collection is, for the moment, complete.

This volume includes three substantive formative assessment probes on electric charge, including "Where does the charge come from?" "Does it matter if the wire has knots?" and "How would a magnet work on the Moon?" This great book is well-worded with well-thought-out questions that draw out students' misconceptions so they can be addressed. This newest book in the Uncovering Student Ideas series is a must-have that will help you think critically about topics such as the effects of magnetism on the Moon, offering detailed explanations, advice for administering the probe, suggestions for instruction, and references. …

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