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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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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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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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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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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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Allaire-Duquette, Geneviève; Charland, Patrick; Riopel, Martin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
In physics, women find contexts concerning human biology, medical applications, or natural phenomena highly relevant (Hoffmann, 2002), and the rareness or absence of these in physics curricula may make it more difficult for women to develop and maintain their interest in physics. To date, research in physics education addressing student's…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Females, Science Interests
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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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Slisko, Josip; Cruz, Adrian Corona – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
There is a general agreement that critical thinking is an important element of 21st century skills. Although critical thinking is a very complex and controversial conception, many would accept that recognition and evaluation of assumptions is a basic critical-thinking process. When students use simple mathematical model to reason quantitatively…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Critical Thinking
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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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Akarsu, Bayram; Kariper, Afsin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
Students' attitudes towards natural science constitute an important area in science education as fewer students are interested in natural science and they do not choose corresponding science disciplines in postsecondary education. The current study reports preliminary results of a survey on high school students' interests and attitudes towards…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Secondary School Students, Natural Sciences, Science Education
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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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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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Ivchenko, Vladimir V. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
In this article a thin optical lens model is considered. It is shown that the limits of its applicability are determined not only by the ratio between the thickness of the lens and the modules of the radii of curvature, but above all its geometric type. We have derived the analytical criteria for the applicability of the model for different types…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Optics, Scientific Concepts
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Mesic, Vanes – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
For the purposes of tailoring physics instruction in accordance with the needs and abilities of the students it is useful to explore the knowledge structure of students of different ability levels. In order to precisely differentiate the successive, characteristic states of student achievement it is necessary to use test items that possess…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Test Items, Science Tests
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