Some students believe light is intentionally designed to allow us to see.
Resources to Address This
How do we see? (5-11)
Ref- SPT HS01 TL02
Right Lines:You are able to see as a result of light entering your eye. Light may come directly from a luminous source, or reflect off an object, or be scattered from particles and then enter the eye.
This activity challenges the ideas of a pool of light; an active eye; light from eye to object.View Resource
The following studies have documented this misconception:
- Andersson, B and Kärrqvist, C. () How Swedish pupils, aged 12‐15 years, understand light and its properties, European Journal of Science Education, 5 (4), DOI: 10.1080/0140528830050403.
- Fetherstonhaugh, T. and Treagust, D. F. () Students’ Understanding of Light and Its Properties: Teaching to Engender Conceptual Change Science Education, 76 (6),