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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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Okafor, Theresa Ugonwa – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
This study examined effects of the Polya's problem solving Technique (POPSOT) as observed by Shaibu (1987) in Atadoga (2010) and conventional problem-solving Technique (CONPSOT) on cognitive achievement of physics students. A pre-test post-test quasi experimental design used adopted for the study. The sample comprised of 102 senior secondary two…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Academic Achievement, Physics, Science Instruction
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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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Dega, Bekele Gashe – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
Students' responses to energy & momentum (EM) concepts were investigated. EM concepts are fundamental and crosscutting in physics. A standardized Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EMCS) test were used to collect quantitative data from 108 first year science students enrolled in a university in Ethiopia. Concentration analysis was used to…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Energy, Physics, College Freshmen
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Romcevic, Nebojsa – European Journal of Physics Education, 2018
This paper has two parts. In the first part, intended for physics students as well as for engineering students whose primary interest is not physics, a new lesson related to shadow properties is given as a part of lectures on light. The effects resulting from a shadow 'motion' observed on a screen were looked into. The relationship between the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Teaching Methods
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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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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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Slisko, Josip – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
This study is an initial exploration of students' abilities to analyze critically authenticity of physics problems, carried out with Spanish translation of the eight Edition of popular physics textbook "Fundamentals of Physics", written by Halliday, Resnick and Walker. Students (N = 34) involved in the study were those of applied physics…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Thinking Skills, Textbooks
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Stiles-Clarke, Laura; MacLeod, Katarin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
For the past 40 years, there has been apprehension in North American society, and particularly in the scientific community, concerning the decline of interest and enrollment in science degree programs at the post-secondary level. This trend has proven very difficult to reverse. The purpose of this study was to explore why students at an Atlantic…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Physics, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making
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Yasar, Erkan; Gurel, Cem – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
It is aimed in this research to measure via knowledge hierarchy the things regarding exhibit themes learned by the visitors of the exhibits and compare them with the purpose that the exhibits are designed for, thereby realizing a summative evaluation of the exhibits by knowledge hierarchy method. The research has been conducted in a children's…
Descriptors: Science Education, Museums, Exhibits, Summative Evaluation
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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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