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Research and Teaching: Student Understanding of Ionizing Radiation and Radioactivity

Journal of College Science Teaching—October 2001

Results from research into the teaching and learning of physics have shown that many college students have significant conceptual and reasoning difficulties relating to topics of radioactivity. Interviewing students from three different science backgrounds, the authors identified specific difficulties students had with ionizing radiation and radioactivity and explored students’ pre-instruction thoughts on these topics.
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