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Baybars, Meryem Görecek – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
The purpose of the current research was to determine the opinions and alternative concepts of the pre-service science teachers about the functions of the elements found in a simple electric circuit. The current research was carried out with the participation of the first-year students attending the Science Teaching Department of a state university…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Özcan, Hasan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2018
In this study, changes occurring in the content of the applied physics courses curriculum in Turkey since the declaration of Turkish Republic until today are intended to be comparatively analyzed. The study is different from similar studies in terms of extent and content. It is thought that it will be a descriptive source which shows the contents…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Educational History, Science Curriculum
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Önder, Fatih; Senyigit, Çigdem; Silay, Ilhan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
In this study, it is aimed to determine effects of pre-service elementary school teachers' misconceptions about short circuit and open circuit on their ability to set up simple electric circuits. The sample of the research is composed of 41 teacher candidates studying at Dokuz Eylul University. Open-ended questions and semi-structured interview…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Preservice Teachers
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Sadoglu, Gunay Palic; Durukan, Ummu Gulsum – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
The purpose of this study is to determine perceptions of elementary prospective teachers about the basic concepts of physics including force, motion, speed, velocity, acceleration and displacement. This research, as a qualitative study, had a study group that constitutes of 35 elementary prospective teachers who successfully completed general…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Motion
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Ünlü Yavas, Pervin; Kizilcik, Hasan Sahin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
The aim of this study is to identify the reasons why pre-service physics teachers have difficulties related to special relativity topics. In this study conducted with 25 pre-service physics teachers, the case study method, which is a qualitative research method, was used. Interviews were held with the participants about their reasons for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Physics, Scientific Principles, Science Education
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Çetin, Ali – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to describe high school students' "physics", physics lesson" and "physics teacher" conceptions by using metaphors. 313 students participated in the study from different high school types in Siirt, Turkey. A metaphorical perception form constructed by researcher was individually conducted,…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Foreign Countries, Physics, High School Students
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Turgut, Umit; Colak, Alp; Salar, Riza – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the course materials developed in accordance with 7E model in the unit of electromagnetism in high school physics class on students' conceptual success. The present study was conducted with a total of 52 11th grade students in two separate classrooms at a high school. The action research…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Türkmen, Hakan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The purpose of study is to investigate the fifth graders' understandings of the basic astronomy concept and, if they have, to define their misconceptions and then to determine what reason/s behind them. For this purpose, two hundred seventy fifth grade students from 6 different schools participated. Randomly selected 45 students performing under…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Misconceptions
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Bulbul, Mustafa Sahin; Garip, Belkis; Özdemir, Ömer Faruk – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
This paper reports on a study to determine whether blind students' conceptualizations of force and motion differ from sighted students. This is particularly concerned with the question of whether the students' visual experiences have any relation to their conceptualizations or misconceptualization about force and motion. The research was designed…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Visual Impairments, Blindness
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Yerdelen-Damar, Sevda – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The present study investigated the underlying reasons for difficulties faced by students when they applied the concept of inertia across varying contexts. The participants of the study included five high school students. Data obtained from interviews were interpreted from the perspectives of the coordination class and epistemological framing…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Physics, Science Instruction, Epistemology
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Bektas, Oktay – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
This study investigated pre-service science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge in the physics, chemistry, and biology topics. These topics were the light and sound, the physical and chemical changes, and reproduction, growth, and evolution. Qualitative research design was utilized. Data were collected from 33 pre-service science teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry
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Armagan, Fulya Öner – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The aim of this study is to examine the change in the cognitive structures of elementary school students in respect to the concept of science through word association test in a constructivist approach based project. The study was conducted with 50 students attending to 6th and 7th grades. Students were applied a 90-minute activity in scope of the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Constructivism (Learning)
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Balta, Nuri – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
Visualizing physical concepts through models is an essential method in many sciences. While students are mostly proficient in handling mathematical aspects of problems, they frequently lack the ability to visualize and interpret abstract physical concepts in a meaningful way. In this paper, initially the electric circuits and related concepts were…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Equipment, Visualization
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Körhasan, Nilüfer Didis; Didis, M. Gözde – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
This study investigates a group of pre-service physics teachers' perceptions about the causes of problems in school experience through the attribution theory. The participants were thirteen pre-service physics teachers from a public university in Turkey. Data were collected through the interviews by requesting the participants to reflect their own…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Tasoglu, Aslihan Kartal; Ates, Özlem; Bakaç, Mustafa – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The purpose of this study is to investigate prospective physics teachers' knowledge of and attitude towards radiation and radioactivity. Participants of this study are 56 prospective physics teachers. A questionnaire related with the knowledge about radiation and radiation fear was conducted. The results of this study showed that most of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Physics
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