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Chang, Wheijen; Bell, Beverley; Jones, Allister – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
A review of the history of Newton's Laws of Motion illustrates that the historical development gradually shifted away from intuitive experiences and daily life conventions towards a scientific regulated perspective. Three stages of the historical development are discussed, i.e. prior to the Principia, the 3rd (last) edition of the Principia,…
Descriptors: Motion, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Intellectual History
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Chang, Wheijen – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
Physics students are usually unaware of the limitations and functions of related principles, and they tend to adopt "hot formulas" inappropriately. This paper introduces four real-life examples for bridging five principles, from fluids to thermodynamics, including (1) buoyant force, (2) thermal expansion, (3) the ideal-gas law, (4) the 1st law,…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Chang, Wheijen – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
The development of constructivism has resulted in teaching modifications in the science classroom. While the majority of the literature has focused on the promising outcomes of the teaching reform, the present study reports various minor but persistent criticisms. This paper qualitatively analyzes skeptical students' criticisms regarding the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Attitudes, Physics, Foreign Countries
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Chang, Wheijen – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2004
In order to propogate information on the World Year of Physics (WYP) and to promote students' appreciation of the significance of this event, the author devised a riddle about Einstein and implemented it at two high schools in Taiwan, with 95 students which were mainly based on Einstein's publications in 1905. During the game 81% of the students…
Descriptors: Physics, High School Students, Student Interests, Science Interests