Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 1-9
  3. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 11-25
  4. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 27-56
  5. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 57-64
  6. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 65-73
  7. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 75-81
  8. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 83-93
  9. Laurence Viennot, Nicolas Décamp
    Pages 95-98
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 99-142

About this book


This book promotes the effective implementation and development of critical analysis in physics. It focuses on explanatory texts concerning subjects typically dealt with in secondary or higher education and addressed in an academic or popular context. It highlights the general difficulties and obstacles inherent in teaching physics and shows how some tools can help to combine successful criticism and better understanding. The book examines the main reasons to call a text into question and looks at risk factors such as simplifications, story-like explanations and visual analogies. It takes inventory of the benefits and limits of critical analysis and discusses the complex links between conceptual mastery and critical attitude. The book ends by offering tools to activate critical thinking and ways for educators to guide students towards productive critical analysis.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Laurence Viennot
    • 1
  • Nicolas Décamp
    • 2
  1. 1.Matter and Complex Systems UMR 7057University of ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Didactique André Revuz EA 4434University of ParisParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-43772-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-43773-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-3623
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-3631
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