By the time a student arrives in a physics classroom, they've had over a decade's worth of experience of interacting with physics in the real world and forming their own ideas about how physics works. Research has shown that taking these student ideas into account greatly improves teaching efficacy. Here, you can discover common misconceptions and children's thinking discussed in the academic literature, as well as strategies and materials for identifying and challenging them in the classroom. At the moment, we have content for three of our seven domains: Forces & Motion, Electricity & Magnetism and Light, Sound & Waves. We are also uploading a series of articles that explore how to challenge misconceptions when teaching physics. Throughout 2020, we'll be extending our coverage and rolling out new content. Check back soon!
The IOP is proud to present our new Forces CPD Domain
This is the first of a collection of videos for you to view ahead of our live support sessions for teachers and coaches of physics.Find out more