Making the connection: Addressing students' misconceptions of circuits

November 2007
Science Scope;Nov2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p10
Academic Journal
The article presents a problem-based scenario for eight-grade students to increase their understanding in open and close circuits. They are grouped in three's to discuss the correct set up of flashlight, determine how to operate the switches and present their observations on the topic. The teacher introduces the concept of closed circuit which occurs when the first battery terminal is connected to the light's first contact point and second battery's light to the second contact point. The students reassess the activity and compare the second drawing with the first to determine the changes.


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