Some younger students may consider light as only a property of large conspicuous luminous objects.

Light, Sound and Waves


Resources to Address This

  • Seeing everyday (5-11)

    Ref - Spt HS01 PN01

    This series of activities explores seeing  light from luminous and non-luminous objects.

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  • Seeing with light  (11-14)

    Ref - SPT Li01 PN02

    This activity explores seeing luminous and non-luminous objects.

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The following studies have documented this misconception:

  • Osbourne, J., Black, P., Smith, M., and Meadows, J. () Primary SPACE project - light, Liverpool University Press.

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