Date: Fri Feb 1 07:02:57 2008

Author: Krishna Chowdary

Subject: Re: Articles

Hi Anna

I cut and pasted from a thread started by Dick Berg on April 25, 2007
called "Articles supporting demonstration use". I only included
messages with references, though the entire thread is interesting.
Incidentally, this was a little bit of a pain to do, even though I use
gmail which organized the whole thread into a conversation. The tap-l
archives aren't particularly (read: not at all) search friendly - is
there any way to improve this?

Hope these are helpful to you.



Lessons learned: A case study of an integrated way of teaching
introductory physics to at-risk students at Rutgers University
E. Etkina, K. Gibbons, B. L. Holton, and G. K. Horton
Am. J. Phys. 67, 810 (1999)

-- JZ

Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion
Conceptual Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory
and Lecture Curricula
Ronald K. Thornton and David R. Sokoloff
Am. J. Phys. 66, 338 (1998)

-- JZ
This one's by Eric and catherine:

Bottom line is that they found demos to be more effective when
students are asked to discuss and predict the outcome. -- Wolfgang
I found this article awhile back and thought it was well done.
Adam Beehler

One of our faculty wrote an article few years ago covering most
subject of Teaching Physics

in the page regarding demonstrations he wrote ".... The
Demonstrations are Physics experiments done in class. For subjects
with experimental grounds, such as elementary Mechanics and
Electricity, Waves and Optics, introductions to Thermodynamics and
Modern Physics etc., the demonstrations are a must. ...." What else
can I say…

Another paragraph in this link says:

"The choice and preparation of physics demonstrations is a more
complicated procedure. The teacher has to inquire what kind of
demonstrations, related to the topics he is teaching, are available.
At the School of Physics we are very lucky to have an excellent
demonstration lab with dedicated technical staff. There is also a web
page (Hebrew) for helping the teachers to make their choice. The
teacher should order, view and perform the demonstration before the
lecture. One has to take into account the length of time needed for
the demonstration to be prepared."

There is also a nice explanation of an "Gedanken Experiment"

Regards to all, Simcha

Why just "supporting demo use" articles? Let's analyze both sides. is the comprehensive searchable bibliography of
physics education research.

"physics demonstration" returns 58 citations

"physics lecture demonstration" returns 12 citations

Incidentally, Dick, I already emailed this link to Bennett Glotzer!

Michael Thomason

On Jan 31, 2008 6:15 AM, Anna Kiefte wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I seem to recall a discussion a few months ago about references/articles
> discussing the use of demonstrations and their positive impact on the
> learning and understanding of physics. Can somebody please pass along the
> references to some of these articles? Thanks!
> Anna
> Anna Kiefte, Instructor
> Acadia University
> Department of Physics
> P.O. Box 49
> Wolfville, NS
> B4P 2R6
> Phone: (902) 585-1274
> Fax: (902) 585-1816