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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, 2013
Science, technology, society, and environment (STSE) education has recently received attention in educational research, policy, and science curricular development. Fewer strides have been made in examining the connections between STSE education and learning/teaching physics. Examples of moving STSE theory into practice within a physics classroom…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Physics, Science Education, Correlation
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Moore, J. Christopher – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
University and high school students not pursuing a science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) course of study demonstrate less developed scientific reasoning than their STEM-based peers. Previous studies show that the majority of non-STEM students can be classified as either concrete operational or transitional reasoners in…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, College Science, Scientific Literacy, Thinking Skills