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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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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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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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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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Stamenkovski, Sasha; Zajkov, Oliver – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
This research is conducted among 65 seventh graders (12-14 years old) who attend introductory course on physics. Tests and interviews are used to trace the roots of the students' misconceptions about mass. Results from the research reveal serious weaknesses in students' understanding of concept of mass, and its confusion with concepts of density…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Introductory Courses, Physics, Science Instruction
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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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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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Hirça, Necati – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
In this study, relationship between prospective science and technology teachers' experiences in conducting Hands on physics experiments and their physics lab I achievement was investigated. Survey model was utilized and the study was carried out in the 2012 spring semester. Seven Hands on physics experiments were conducted with 28 prospective…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Science Instruction, Physics, Science Experiments
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Garcia Trujillo, Luis Antonio; Ramirez Díaz, Mario H.; Rodriguez Castillo, Mario – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
Solving the position of a simple pendulum at any time is apparently one of the most simple and basic problems to solve in high school and college physics courses. However, because of this apparent simplicity, teachers and physics texts often assume that the solution is immediate without pausing to reflect on the problem formulation or verifying…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mexicans, Science Teachers, Misconceptions
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Kapucu, Serkan; Yildirim, Ufuk – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to a) investigate prospective physics teachers' views on their knowledge about new physics concepts introduced in Turkish High School Physics Curricula; b) investigate the sources of their acquired knowledge about these new physics concepts; and c) explore if there were differences in views on knowledge about these…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Akarsu, Bayram – European Journal of Physics Education, 2010
The main goal of this article is to introduce physics education research (PER) to researchers in other fields. Topics include discussion of differences between science education research (SER) and physics education research (PER), physics educators, research design and methodology in physics education research and current research traditions and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Research, Physics, Science Teachers