Some students may think light is projected from a source.
The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.
For more information, see the University of York BEST website.
Resources to Address This
Seeing everyday (5-11)
Ref- SPT HS01 PN01
In day-to-day living we pick up huge amounts of information through our eyes: most of the time the sheer quantity is too much and we selectively attend to some things while ignoring others.View Resource
Seeing with light (11-14)
Ref - SPT Li01 PN02
This activity explores the difference between seeing luminous objects and non-luminous objects.View Resource
The following studies have documented this misconception:
- Maurício, P., Valente, B. & Chagas, I. () A Didactic Sequence of Elementary Geometric Optics Informed by History and Philosophy of Science. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 15
- Boyes, E. & Stanisstreet, M. () Development of Pupils’ Ideas about Seeing and Hearing‐‐the path of light and sound. Research in Science & Technological Education.