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Mešic, Vanes; Mahmutovic, Sabaheta; Hasovic, Elvedin; Erceg, Nataša – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
Earlier research has found that it is useful to distinguish situations in which students construct external representations on their own from situations in which they are expected to interpret already provided external representations. One type of representations that is particularly important for teaching mechanics is the free-body diagram. In…
Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Visual Aids, Problem Solving
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Dean, Kevin; Mathew, Jyothi – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
A theoretical analysis is presented, showing the derivations of seven different linearization equations for the conical pendulum period "T", as a function of radial and angular parameters. Experimental data obtained over a large range of fixed conical pendulum lengths (0.435 m-2.130 m) are plotted with the theoretical lines and…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Motion, Science Experiments, Physics
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Yildiz, Ali – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The purpose of this study is to discuss a wrong statement written about dimensional analysis in a physics text book prepared for the students who are studying in science, engineering and teaching undergraduate programs at universities and who have to take compulsory physics courses, to analyse the use of the text book including the wrong…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Textbooks, Textbook Content
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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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Ramírez Díaz, Mario H.; Nieto Betance, Gabriela; García Trujillo, Luís Antonio; Chávez-Campos, David A. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
In its program of studies for preschool level, the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico promoted development of four standards of science: Scientific knowledge, applications of scientific knowledge and technology, skills associated to science, and attitudes associated to science. However, to develop this skills and reach out the standards there…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Preschool Education
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Bogdanovic, Ivana; Obadovic, Dušanka Ž.; Cvjeticanin, Stanko; Segedinac, Mirjana; Budic, Spomenka – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
This paper presents a research directed to examine the relation between students' metacognitive awareness and physics learning efficiency. Questionnaire of metacognitive awareness and physics knowledge test were applied on the sample of 746 subjects of both sexes, first graders of Grammar Schools in Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia. Obtained results…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Foreign Countries, Physics, Correlation
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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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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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Carchon, Roland; Segers, Danny – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
We repeated the historical infra-red radiation experiments performed by Melloni, to investigate why, at the end of his life, he came to the conclusion that radiation from light and heat rely on the same basic principle, what has been translated as the so called unitary formalism. In doing so, we profited from a Master thesis on heat radiation and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Radiation, Teaching Methods
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