Teaching of energy issues: A debate proposal for a global reorientation

Josep Lluis Doménech, Daniel Gil-Pérez, Albert Gras-Martí, Jenaro Guisasola, Joaquín Martínez-Torregrosa, Julia Salinas, Ricardo Trumper, Pablo Valdés, Amparo Vilches

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The growing awareness of serious difficulties in the learning of energy issues has produced a great deal of research, most of which is focused on specific conceptual aspects. In our opinion, the difficulties pointed out in the literature are interrelated and connected to other aspects (conceptual as well as procedural and axiological), which are not sufficiently taken into account in previous research. This paper aims to carry out a global analysis in order to avoid the more limited approaches that deal only with individual aspects. From this global analysis we have outlined 24 propositions that are put forward for debate to lay the foundations for a profound reorientation of the teaching of energy topics in upper high school courses, in order to facilitate a better scientific understanding of these topics, avoid many students' misconceptions and enhance awareness of the current situation of planetary emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-64
Number of pages22
JournalScience and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Debate proposal
  • Global reorientation
  • Teaching energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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