Many students expect all metals to be attracted by magnets and think that the size of the magnet dictates its strength

Electricity and Magnetism


Resources to Address This

  • Which are magnetic?  (11-14)
    In primary school, teaching materials classify metals as conductors and non-metals as insulators, leading kids to think metals are special for electricity. This belief extends to magnetism, where metals are assumed to be magnetic and non-metals non-magnetic.

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  • Bailey, J., Francis, R. and Hill, D. () Exploring ideas about magnets. Research in Science Education 17 (1), 113-116.

  • Van Hook, S. J. and Huziak-Clark, T. L. () Tip-to-Tail: Developing a Conceptual Model of Magnetism with Kindergartners Using Inquiry-Based Instruction. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 19 (2), 45-58.

  • Hickey, R. and Schibeci, R. A. () The attraction of magnetism. Physics Education, 34 (6), 383.

  • Finley, F. N. () Evaluating instruction: The complementary use of clinical interviews. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 23 (17), 635-650.

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