Naive Theories of Motion
M. McCloskey 1983 Mental Models. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; p 299-324

This chapter discusses knowledge of motion gained by experience, or naive theories of motion, and how experiential knowledge interacts with knowledge gained in the classroom. It describes research whose goal is to determine what knowledge of motion is acquired through experience. Results indicate that very well developed naive theories of motion are acquired through experience and that these naive theories are similar to a pre-Newtonian physical theory. It ends by suggesting future research.

Subject: Education, Physics:Classical Mechanics
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:How information is organized:Mental models