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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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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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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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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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Kulkarni, Vasudeo Digambar; Tambade, Popat Savaleram – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
In this study, a Thermodynamic Concept Test (TCT) was designed to assess student's conceptual understanding heat and thermodynamics at undergraduate level. The different statistical tests such as item difficulty index, item discrimination index, point biserial coefficient were used for assessing TCT. For each item of the test these indices were…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Thermodynamics, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Concepts
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Dykstra, Dewey I., Jr. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
For a little over 40 years, what we label now physics education research has been conducted. As a result, a new type of theme in the research and in physics education has emerged. Some of these themes are cognitivism, research as qualitative, learning as construction of knowledge, theoretical underpinnings that are not realist, student-centered…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Educational Research, Scientific Concepts
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Gok, Tolga – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was not only to report the development process of the studio model, but also to determine the students' perceptions about the studio model. This model retains the large lecture component but combines recitation and laboratory instruction into studio model. This research was based on qualitative analysis. The data of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Student Attitudes, Models