Explaining the physics of a paradox: Qualitative reasoning and conceptual understanding as drivers of the students' engagement.
Giovannelli L., Berrilli F., Florio A.
VII - Didattica e storia della fisica
Aula GSSI Ex ISEF - Sala Rossa - Martedì 24 h 17:30 - 19:30
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The physics behind a paradox immediately catches the attention of the experimenter, since the phenomenon is in contrast with the common-sense conceptions. Thus, asking a student to qualitatively explain a paradox is a powerful way to measure his attention and reactiveness to various teaching strategies. In our work we propose to the students an activity based on the paraffin paradox. We present a preliminary study on how the students' attention changes if the activity is proposed at the end of a conventional physics class or as a flipped classroom lesson and how this correlates with the test score.