19. Learning Difficulties
Abstract: Why do seemingly intelligent, knowledgeable, dedicated, and motivated students working under the best of conditions sometimes fail to learn various aspects of physics? Physics teachers all too frequently find themselves asking, “How is it that these students just don’t get it? The concept is so simple!” There clearly is more to the learning of physics than teaching method, alternative conceptions, innate and learned intelligence, motivation, effort, and study skills. This chapter examines this curious phenomenon and attempts to provide insights to this recurrent and vexing problem and many others.