Lunar and Planetary Institute

Solar Radiation :
Misconceptions and Educational Research

Common misconceptions include:

Some research has been conducted on how students understand the light in general.

Guesne, E. (1985). Light. In R. Driver, E. Guesne, & A. Tiberghien (Eds.), Children's ideas in science (pp. 10-32). Milton Keynes, UK: Open University Press. Fetherstonhaugh and Treagust (1992)

Watts, D.M. 1985. Students' conceptions of light-a case study. Physics Education 20: 183-187

Zylbersztajn, A. and Watts, D.m. (1982) Throwing Some Light on Colour Mimeograph, University of Surrey

Driver, R., A. Squires, P. Rushworth, and V. Wood-Robinson. 1994. Making sense of secondary science:  Research into children’s ideas. London and New York: RoutledgeFalmer.

Anderson, C. and Smith E. (1986) Children's Conceptions of Light and Color: Understanding the Role of Unseen Rays. Research Series No. 166.

Eaton, J., Harding, T., and Anderson, C.W. (1985) Light: A teaching module.  East Lansing, MI: Institute for Research on Teaching, Michigan State University.