Addressing students’ misconceptions about eclipses

Slater, Timothy F. and Gelderman, Richard (2017) Addressing students’ misconceptions about eclipses. The Physics Teacher, 55 (5). pp. 314-315. ISSN 0031-921X


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The upcoming Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, with its 70-mile wide path of totality stretching across much of North America, provides us with a unique opportunity to teach students about eclipses. One might naturally assume that students have little difficulty understanding the nature of eclipses. After all, the notion that eclipses occur when the new Moon blocks the Sun's light from reaching Earth or, alternatively, when Earth blocks the Sun's light from reaching the full Moon seems simple enough. However, discipline-based astronomy education research consistently shows that students struggle mightily with developing a conceptually coherent understanding of eclipses.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2018 05:35
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2018 05:35

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