Allen Paltrow

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Aug 18

Comment on ‘A Cognitive Approach to the Teaching of Physics’

Everyone interested in the future of tech in education should check out the landmark paper Hunt & Minstrell, 1994 

A bunch of great analysis on how students come to a physics course with particular intuitions about the physics of the world around them, and how good instruction works with those intuitions.

Also, how the scientific method must be taught throughout the physics curriculum,  through the testing of intuitions, not as a philosophical tack-on after equations are memorized.

Finally, I find this humorous quote to be quite true of my alma mater: “There is a sort of social contract, in which a good instructor is one who tells the student, in a clear, unambiguous manner, what it is the student is supposed to memorize.” 

Too true of most of my public school education.