An Analysis of Experiments Related to Electrostatics in Secondary School Textbooks and a Proposal of Experiments for Better Understanding of Electrostatics

중학교 과학 교과서의 정전기 관련 실험에 대한 분석 및 제안

  • Hyun, Donggeul (Department of Science Education, Teachers College, Jeju National University) ;
  • Jho, Hunkoog (Department of General Education, Dankook University)
  • 현동걸 (제주대학교 교육대학 과학교육과) ;
  • 조헌국 (단국대학교 교양학부)
  • Received : 2017.05.08
  • Accepted : 2017.06.22
  • Published : 2017.08.31


The purpose of this study was to analyze the electrostatic experiments introduced in secondary science textbooks and to propose the effective methods for students to understand the concepts based on the experiments. Thus, five kinds of existing textbooks were selected, and the experiments presented in them were categorized into triboelectricity, contact electrification, electrostatic induction, and electrostatic discharge. This study suggested more simple and effective ways to understand those phenomena so that students can infer the kinds of charges, conservation of charge, electrostatic force, electrostatic induction, electrostatic discharge, and others.