Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 265–274 | Cite as

Teaching Energy Conservation as a Unifying Principle in Physics

  • Jordi SolbesEmail author
  • Jenaro Guisasola
  • Francisco Tarín


In this work we present the design and assessment of a teaching sequence aimed at introducing the principle of energy conservation at post-compulsory secondary school level (16–18 year olds). The proposal is based on the result of research into teaching-learning difficulties and on the analysis of the physics framework. Evidence is shown that this teaching sequence, together with the methodology used in the classroom, may result in students having a better grasp of the principle of energy conservation.


Physics education Energy conceptions Teaching activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jordi Solbes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jenaro Guisasola
    • 2
  • Francisco Tarín
    • 3
  1. 1.Department for the Teaching of ScienceUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Applied Physics IUniversity of the Basque CountryLeioaSpain
  3. 3.IES L’OmPicassentSpain

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