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Introduction: Why Focus on Energy Instruction?

  • Arthur Eisenkraft
  • Jeffrey Nordine
  • Robert F. Chen
  • David Fortus
  • Joseph Krajcik
  • Knut Neumann
  • Allison Scheff
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Abstract

Energy is one of the most important ideas in all of science and is useful for predicting and explaining phenomena within every scientific discipline. Yet, there are substantive differences in how the energy concept is used across disciplines. While a particle physicist relies heavily on the idea that energy is conserved during interactions between subatomic particles, an ecologist is typically more concerned with the idea energy transfers across system boundaries.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Eisenkraft
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Nordine
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert F. Chen
    • 4
  • David Fortus
    • 5
  • Joseph Krajcik
    • 6
  • Knut Neumann
    • 3
  • Allison Scheff
    • 7
  1. 1.Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.San Antonio Children’s MuseumSan AntonioUSA
  3. 3.Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)KielGermany
  4. 4.Environmental, Earth and Ocean SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  5. 5.Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  6. 6.College of EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  7. 7.Massachusetts Department of Higher EducationBostonUSA

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