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Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 1

Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 1
45 New Force and Motion Assessment Probes

First Edition

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Nationally known science educator Page Keeley—principal author of the hugely popular, four-volume NSTA Press series Uncovering Students Ideas in Science—has teamed up with physicist and science educator Rand Harrington to write this first volume in their new series on physical science. They begin with one of the most challenging topics in physical science: force and motion. 

The 45 assessment probes in this book enable teachers to find out what students really think about key ideas in force and motion. The Teacher Notes, which can be used before and after administering the probe, provide background information on 

  • the purpose of the probe; 
  • related concepts; 
  • an explanation—for the teacher—of the force and motion idea being taught;
  • related ideas in Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the National Science Education Standards;
  • research on typical student misconceptions related to the force and motion concept; and
  • suggestions for instruction and assessment.

The book specifies grade spans—K-4, 5–8, 9–12—for each probe, based on state and national standards, and suggests ways to adapt a probe for a different grade span or context. 

Page D. Keeley

PAGE KEELEY has been a leader in science education for over 20 years. She "retired" from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) in 2012 where she had been the Senior Science Program Director since 1996. Today she works as an independent consultant, speaker, and author providing professional development to school districts and organizations in the areas of formative assessment and teaching for conceptual understanding. Page has been the principal investigator and project director on 3 National Science Foundation-funded projects including the Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network (NNECN), PRISMS- Phenomena... More About Author