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Hairan, Abdul Manan; Abdullah, Nazlinda; Husin, Abu Hassan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
In this paper, the level of conceptual understanding of Newtonian mechanics among Afghan school and university students in Kabul, Afghanistan was investigated. This study employed a quantitative descriptive survey method where the Pashto version of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) was given to a random sample of 216 students from two schools and…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Physics
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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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Marušic, Mirko; Sliško, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
In this research, we gave to technical university students (N=50) and high school students (N=75) a verbally described situation of a partially defined physics problem. The task for the both groups of the students was to generate drawings of how they imagined the situation that the problem referred to. A fully abstract drawing was generated by 48%…
Descriptors: College Students, High School Students, Physics, Science Instruction
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Arlego, Marcelo; Fanaro, Maria de los Angeles – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
In this work, we present a pedagogical strategy to describe the diffraction phenomenon based on a didactic adaptation of the Feynman's path integrals method, which uses only high school mathematics. The advantage of our approach is that it allows to describe the diffraction in a fully quantum context, where superposition and probabilistic aspects…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Light, Scientific Concepts
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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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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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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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Damli, Seher; Ünlü Yavas, Pervin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The aim of this study is to introduce an activity on magnetic fields prepared in order to improve high school students' views on the nature of science. The activity was prepared according to explicit-reflective approach, which is one of the nature of science teaching methods. The nature of science elements intended to obtain with the activity are…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Magnets
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Forjan, Matej; Sliško, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
This article presents the results of an analysis of three Slovenian textbooks for high school physics, from the point of view of simplifications and idealizations in the field of mechanics. In modeling of physical systems, making simplifications and idealizations is important, since one ignores minor effects and focuses on the most important…
Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), High Schools, Curriculum, Curriculum Research
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MacLeod, Katarin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
Science, Technology, Society and Environment (STSE) education has received attention in educational research, policy, and science curricula development, yet less advancement has been made in moving theory into practice. There are many examples of STSE-based teaching in science at the elementary and secondary levels, yet little has focused…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, High Schools, Secondary School Science
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Ajredini, Fadil; Izairi, Neset; Zajkov, Oliver – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
This research investigates the influence of computer simulations (virtual experiments) on one hand and real experiments on the other hand on the conceptual understanding of electrical charging. The investigated sample consists of students in the second year (10th grade) of three gymnasiums in Macedonia. There were two experimental groups and one…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Marušic, Mirko; Sliško, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
This study is based on two exploratory questions with the aim of determining the relative effectiveness of two different student activities, called "Reading, Presenting and Questioning" (RPQ) and "Experimenting and Discussing" (ED), in changing students' perceptions and attitudes about the impact of physics learning on the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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