Recommended Readings on Physics Education and Cognitive Science for Physics Educators

Arons, Arnold B., A Guide to Introductory Physics Teaching (Wiley, NY, 1990).

Arons, A. B., "Cultivating the capacity for formal reasoning", Am. J. Phys. 44 (1976) 834.

Arons, A. B., "Student patterns of thinking and reasoning", The Physics Teacher 21 (1983), 576; 22 (1984) 21, 88

Caramaza, A., M. McCloskey, B. Green, . "Naive beliefs in 'sophisticated' subjects: Misconceptions about trajectories of objects", Cognition 9 (1981) 117-123

Champagne, A., L. Klopfer, and J. Anderson, "Factors influencing the learning of classical mechanics", Am. J. Phys. 48 (1980)1074.

Cohen, R., B. Eylon, and U. Ganiel, "Potential difference and current in simple electric circuits: A study of students' concepts", Am. J. Phys. 51 (1983) 407.

Clement, J., "Students' preconceptions in elementary mechanics", Am. J. Phys. 50 (1982) 66.

Eylon, B., and F. Reif, "Effects of knowledge organization on task performance", Cognition and Instruction 1 (1984) 5.

Fuller, Robert, "Solving physics problems -- how do we do it?", Physics Today, (Sept. 1982) 43-47.

Goldberg, F. M., and L. C. McDermott, "Student difficulties in understanding image formation by a plane mirror", The Physics Teacher 24 (1986) 472.

Goldberg, F. M., and L. C. McDermott, "An investigation of student understanding of the real image formed by a converging lens or concave mirror", Am. J. Phys. 55 (1987) 108.

Hake, R., "Socratic Pedagogy in the Introductory Physics Laboratory", The Physics Teacher, 33 (1992)

Halloun, J.A., D. Hestenes, "The initial state of college physics students",Am. J. Phys. 53 (1985) 1043-1056.

Halloun, J.A., D. Hestenes, "Common sense concepts about motion", Am. J. Phys. 53 (1985) 1056-1065

Heller, J. I., and F. Reif, "Prescribing effective human problem solving processes: Problem description in physics", Cognition and Instruction, 1 (1984) 177.

Hammer, D., "Two approaches to learning physics", The Physics Teacher (December 1989) 664-670.

Hestenes, D., M. Wells, and G. Swackhammer, "Force Concept Inventory", The Physics Teacher 30:3 (1992) 141-158.

Hestenes, D., and M. Wells, "A Mechanics Baseline Test", The Physics Teacher 30:3 (1992) 159-166.

Karplus, R., "Science teaching and the development of reasoning", J. Res. in Sci. Ed. 14 (1977) 169.

Laws, P., "Calculus-based physics without lectures", Phys. Today 44:12 (December, 1991) 24-31.

Lawson, R. A., and L. C. McDermott, "Student understanding of the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems", Am. J. Phys. 55 (1987) 811.

MacDonald, W. M., E. F. Redish, and J. M. Wilson, "The M.U.P.P.E.T. Manifesto", Comp. in Phys. 2 (July/August, 1988) 23

Mazur, Eric, "Qualitative vs. Quantitative Thinking: Are We Teaching the Right Thin?", Optics and Photonics News (Feb. 1992)

McCloskey, M., "Intuitive physics", Sci. Am. 249 (1982) 122.

McDermott, L. C., "Research on conceptual understanding in mechanics", Phys. Today 37 (1984) 24.

McDermott, Lillian C., "Millikan Lecture 1990: What we teach and what is learned -- Closing the gap", Am. J. Phys. 59 (1991) 301-315

McDermott, L. C., "Guest Comment: How we teach and how students learn -- A mismatch?" Am. J. Phys. 61 (1993) 295-298.

McDermott, L. C., M. L. Rosenquist, and E. H. van Zee, "Student difficulties in connecting graphs and physics: Examples from kinematics", Am. J. Phys. 55 (1987) 503-513.

McDermott, L. C., and P. S. Shaffer, "Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part I: Investigation of student understanding", Am. J. Phys. 60 (1992) 994-1003; erratum, ibid. 61 (1993) 81.

Mestre, Jose, "Learning and instruction in pre-college physical science", Physics Today 44:9 (September, 1991) 56-62.

Mestre, Jose and J. Touger, "Cognitive Research -- What's in it for Physics Teachers?, The Physics Teacher (Sept. 1989)

Minstrell, J., "Explaining the 'at rest' condition of an object", The Physics Teacher 20 (1982) 10.

Morse, R., "Constant Acceleration Experiments with a Fan-Driven Dynamics Cart", The Physics Teacher 31 (1993)

Perry, William G. Jr., Forms of Intellectual and Ethical Development in the College Years: A Scheme (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, New York, 1970).

Peters, P. C., "Even honors students have conceptual difficulties with physics", Am. J. Phys. 50 (1981) 501.

Redish, Edward F. and Jack M. Wilson, "Student programming in the introductory physics course: M.U.P.P.E.T.", Am. J. Phys. 61 (1993) 222-232.

Redish, Edward F. "Implications of Cognitive Studies for Teaching Physics", American Journal of Physics, 62, 796-803 (1994).

Reif, F., "Scientific approaches to science education", Physics Today (Nov. 1986)

Shaffer, P. S., and L. C. McDermott, "Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part II: Design of an instructional strategy", Am. J. Phys. 60 (1992) 1003-1013.

Strike, K. A., and G. Posner, "Conceptual change and science teaching", Eur. J. Sci. Ed. 4 (1982) 231.

Trowbridge, David E., and Liilian C.McDermott, "Investigation of student understanding of the concept of velocity in one dimension", Am. J. Phys. 48 (1980) 1020-1028.

Trowbridge, D.E., L.C. McDermott, "Investigation of student understanding of the concept of acceleration in one dimension", Am. J. Phys. 49 (1981) 242-253

Thornton, R. K., and D. R. Sokoloff, "Learning motion concepts using real-time microcomputer-based laboratory tools", Am. J. Phys. 58 (1990) 858-867

Wilson, J. M., and E. F. Redish, "The Comprehensive Unified Physics Learning Environment: Part I. Background and System Operation", Computers in Physics 6 (March/April, 1992) 202-209.

Wilson, J. M., and E. F. Redish,"The Comprehensive Unified Physics Learning Environment: Part II. The Basis for Integrated studies", Computers in Physics 6 (May/June, 1992) 282-286.

Wilson, J. M., "The CUPLE Physics Studio", The Physics Teacher (December, 1994).

Van Heuvelen, A., "Learning to think like a physicist: A review of research-based instructional strategies", Am. J. Phys. 59 (1991) 891-897.

Van Heuvelen, A., "Overview, Case Study Physics", Am. J. Phys. 59 (1991) 898-907.

Viennot, L., "Spontaneous resoning in elementary dynamics", Eur. J. Sci. Educ. 1 (1979) 205

Viennot, L., and S. Rainson, "Students' reasoning about the superposition of electric fields", Int. J. Sci. Ed. 14:4 (1992) 475-487

compiled by Edward F. Redish
Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742-4111


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