Teaching Einsteinian Physics in Schools

Science doesn’t stop moving; our curriculum must also keep up with the times.

This book will help teachers convey to our children the fundamental principles of the machinery of our universe.

- Alan Finkel, AO FAA FTSE, Former Chief Scientist of Australia

Teaching Einsteinian Physics in Schools book cover
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A consistent education within the Einsteinian paradigm requires rethinking of science education across the entire school curriculum, and this is now attracting attention around the world.


This book brings together a coherent set of chapters written by leading experts in the field of Einsteinian physics education. The book begins by exploring the fundamental concepts of space, time, light, and gravity and how teachers can introduce these topics at an early age.


A radical change in the curriculum requires new learning instruments and innovative instructional approaches. Throughout the book, the authors emphasise and discuss evidence-based approaches to Einsteinian concepts, including computer- based tools, geometrical methods, models and analogies, and simplified mathematical treatments.


Teaching Einsteinian Physics in Schools is designed as a resource for teacher education students, primary and secondary science teachers, and for anyone interested in a scientifically accurate description of physical reality at a level appropriate for school education.

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If we want to teach kids about the world as we understand it, we need to teach them modern science - our most complete knowledge to date. Science literacy is extremely important in our media-filled world, and the scientific topics being discussed today are things like renewable energy and black holes, not old textbook concepts from the 19th century. And the best part - not only is modern science more accurate and comprehensive, it's also more exciting! - Derek Muller, PhD, TV personality and creator of the educational science channel Veritasium on YouTube


More than 75 years after his death, Albert Einstein remains a colossal figure in the scientific world, renowned not only for his scientific theories – which underpin almost every aspect of our modern understanding of the cosmos – but also for the way in which he thought about physics.  Einstein combined mathematical rigour and logical clarity with a creativity and imagination that helped to revolutionise our concepts of space and time and the very nature of reality.  This outstanding textbook takes the reader on a comprehensive exploration of Einstein’s scientific legacy – arguing convincingly that both what Einstein discovered about physics, and how he made those discoveries, should be an essential ingredient of any modern science education - Martin Hendry, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology and Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow


There is a pressing need to modernise the school curriculum. It is over 100 years since Einstein published his theory of relativity, but it hardly features in school curricula. Perhaps it is because the concepts are complex and we are still finding ways to better teach classical ideas, but unless the curriculum can be modernised there is a danger that it will become outdated and disconnected from the complex ideas that students will encounter at university.  Teaching Einsteinian Physics in Schools is an important book. The authors are experts in both relativity physics and education and this book brings together the evidence of their own experiences and researches collected over many years. I recommend this book to anyone aspiring to bring Einsteinian physics into the classroom - David Sands, PhD, FInstP, CPhys, NTF, PFHEA, Chair, Physics Education Division of the European Physical Society

Tettere på naturfag i klasserommet

(Closer to science in the classroom)

What characterises high-quality science teaching?


Science education, at its best, can engage students to explore issues that are relevant in the here and now. Good science teaching, thus, invites students to use scientific practices and ways of thinking to become personally involved in their learning. 


Closer to Science in the Classroom is based on project LISSI (Linking Instruction in Science and Student Impact), which observed 20 Norwegian science classrooms at the primary and middle-school level. The findings provide detailed descriptions of instructional practices and present important documentation of science education in Norwegian schools. The book also offers inspiring and thought-provoking suggestions about what good science teaching is and can be.


The book is written for teachers, teacher educators, students in science education and science education researchers.