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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
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Shivalingaswamy, T.; Kagali, B. A. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is one of the important basic principles of quantum mechanics. In most of the books on quantum mechanics, this uncertainty principle is generally illustrated with the help of a gamma ray microscope, wherein neither the image formation criterion nor the lens properties are taken into account. Thus a better…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Scientific Principles
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Riveros, Héctor G. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
The inquiry-based approach to learning has proven to be quite effective, since Socrates, but it is difficult to found good questions to induce reasoning. Many sources explain wrongly some experimental results, which can be used as discrepant events. Some use the breaking of a ruler with a newspaper to "show" that the atmospheric pressure…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Water
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Koutandos, Spyridon – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
In this article we discuss the concept of equilibrium establishment in four most usual instances as is electrostriction and vaporization as related to the concept of equilibrium shell formation. Two more cases are then studied which are of relevance. One is the Brownian movement, the study of which is essential for pedagogical reasons as to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Energy, Scientific Concepts
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Hu, Ben Yu-Kuang – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
I describe a method of evaluating the integral of 1/r[superscript 2] with respect to r that uses only algebra and the concept of area underneath a curve, and which does not formally employ any calculus. This is useful for algebra-based introductory physics classes (where the use of calculus is forbidden) to derive the work done by the force of one…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Algebra, 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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Coca, David Méndez – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
A teacher of a secondary school explained to two groups of 14 and 15-year-old students the thermodynamic correspondent to the curriculum of physics and chemistry. This is an obligatory subject for all the students. They followed two different methods: one group followed the traditional methodology and other one the strategy of the cooperative…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Thermodynamics, Chemistry
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Dunlap, Richard A. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
It is shown that for different ratios of lattice parameters, "c/a," the body centered tetragonal structure may be view as body centered tetragonal, body centered cubic, face centered cubic or hexagonal. This illustrates that the apparent symmetry of a lattice depends on the choice of the conventional unit cell.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure
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Cepic, Mojca – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
The introduction of teaching about liquid crystals is discussed from several points of view: the rationale why to teach them, the basics about liquid crystals or what the teacher should teach about them, the fundamental pre-knowledge of students required, the set of experiments accompanying the teaching and the brief report on the already…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Kaya, Hasan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
Science and technology course that helps to improve cognitive aspects and enhance the creativity of the individuals is an important part of elementary school education as a core course. Students may gain scientific knowledge, scientific process skills, and attitudes during their science learning process. This study aimed to determine upper…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Investigations, Elementary School Students
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Marušic, M.; Sliško, J. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
Quality pedagogical tradition of Central European countries, in which the Croatian school system existed and evolved, helped in the establishment of the Department of Methodology of Teaching (in several disciplines) at the University of Zagreb and other Croatian universities (Split, Rijeka and Osijek). Unfortunately, it was not too long ago that…
Descriptors: Physics, Educational Research, Educational History, Educational Trends
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Akarsu, Bayram – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
Physics educators around the world often need reliable diagnostic materials to measure students' understanding of physics concept in high school. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new diagnostic tool on High School Optics concept. Test of Conceptual Understanding on High School Optics (TOCUSO) consists of 25 conceptual items that measures…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Science, Optics, Concept Teaching
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Fanaro, Maria de los Angeles; Arlego, Marcelo; Otero, Maria Rita – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
This work comprises an investigation about basic Quantum Mechanics (QM) teaching in the high school. The organization of the concepts does not follow a historical line. The Path Integrals method of Feynman has been adopted as a Reference Conceptual Structure that is an alternative to the canonical formalism. We have designed a didactic sequence…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Quantum Mechanics, High Schools
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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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García, J. A.; Moreno, J. M.; Perales, F. J.; Romero, J.; Sánchez, P.; Gómez-Robledo, L. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
This paper shows the scientific foundations of a natural phenomenon of undoubted interest and applicability in our day, fluorescence, and its possibilities for teaching at three educational levels: primary, secondary and university. It begins by describing the nature of the phenomenon and continues by explaining how we work with students of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science
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