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Ferreira, Annalize; Lemmer, Miriam; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2019
While a vast body of research has identified difficulties in students' understanding about forces and acceleration and their related alternative conceptions, far less research suggests ways to use students' alternative conceptions to enhance conceptual understanding of a specific fundamental concept. This study focused on distinguishing between…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Fundamental Concepts
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Gunstone, Richard; Mulhall, Pamela; McKittrick, Brian – Research in Science Education, 2009
As part of a project concerned with developing a better understanding of the detail of appropriate teaching of direct current (DC) electricity concepts, extensive individual interviews were conducted with a number of experienced senior high school physics teachers. These interviews explored teachers' perceptions of difficulties in student learning…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Teacher Attitudes, Science Teachers
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Mulhall, Pamela; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2008
Physics teachers' approaches to teaching physics are generally considered to be linked to their views about physics. In this qualitative study, the views about physics held by a group of physics teachers whose teaching practice was traditional were explored and compared with the views held by physics teachers who used conceptual change approaches.…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Thong, Wai Meng; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2008
Introductory electromagnetism is a central part of undergraduate physics. Although there has been some research into student conceptions of electromagnetism, studies have been sparse and separated. This study sought to explore second year physics students' conceptions of electromagnetism, to investigate to what extent the results from the present…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, College Students
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Case, Jennifer; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2006
A series of studies were conducted to investigate students' metacognitive development in a second year chemical engineering course. The first of these was an exploratory study involving observation together with some limited interviewing. This was followed by a major study with two phases, the first of which involved a series of individual…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Cognitive Development, Chemical Engineering, Interviews
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Brass, Catherine; Gunstone, Richard; Fensham, Peter – Research in Science Education, 2003
Explores different ways individuals conceptualize quality learning in physics. Uses semi-structured interviews that explore aspects of learning that respondents regard as worth fostering in their classrooms. Discusses different respondent conceptions with regard to four significant aspects of physics learning: doing experimental work; linking…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Higher Education, Interviews, Mastery Learning
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Ng, Wan; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2002
Investigates the use of the World Wide Web (WWW) as a research and teaching tool in promoting self-directed learning groups of 15-year-old students. Discusses the perceptions of students of the effectiveness of the WWW in assisting them with the construction of knowledge on photosynthesis and respiration. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Botany, Multimedia Instruction, Photosynthesis, Science Education
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Case, Jennifer; Gunstone, Richard; Lewis, Alison – Research in Science Education, 2001
Investigates the metacognitive development of students in a second year chemical engineering course which had such development as an explicit goal. Concludes, among other results, that there is a shift in student approach from a focus on solving problems towards a stronger valuing of conceptual understanding. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, Concept Formation, Educational Strategies, Higher Education
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Loughran, John; Milroy, Philippa; Berry, Amanda; Gunstone, Richard; Mulhall, Pamela – Research in Science Education, 2001
Examines ways in which knowledge might be captured, articulated, and portrayed to others. Develops an approach to articulation and portrayal based on what is called the CoRe (Content Representation), which represents the particular content/topic of the science teaching, and PaP-eRs (Pedagogical and Professional experience Repertoire), which…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction
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Mulhall, Pamela; McKittrick, Brian; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2001
Considers research that shows very poor student understanding after the teaching of electricity and draws two broad conclusions of central relevance to the teaching of electricity: (1) there is an absence of any systemic consensus as to what models are appropriate for students at different year levels and for different intended learning outcomes;…
Descriptors: Electricity, Elementary Secondary Education, Misconceptions, Science Education
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Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2000
Presents the idea of teachers as researchers in Australia. Summarizes each study presented in Research in Science Education, volume 30. (YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Teacher Researchers
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Gunstone, Richard; McKittrick, Brian; Mulhall, Pam – Research in Science Education, 1999
Describes three physics-related structured discussion tasks developed in cooperation with high school physics teachers. Presents the reactions of teachers and students to classroom use of the tasks. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)