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Klassen, Stephen; Niaz, Mansoor; Metz, Don; McMillan, Barbara; Dietrich, Sarah – Science & Education, 2012
The literature on the pedagogical aspects of the photoelectric effect as used in the undergraduate student laboratory shows that little research has been done in this area. Our current study is an analysis of the instructions in 38, electronically published laboratory manuals for the photoelectric effect. The analyses were based on history and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Textbooks, Physics, Laboratory Manuals
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Hadzigeorgiou, Yannis; Klassen, Stephen; Klassen, Cathrine Froese – Science & Education, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to discuss and apply the notion of romantic understanding by outlining its features and its potential role in science education, to identify its features in the story of Nikola Tesla, and to describe an empirical study conducted to determine the effect of telling such a story to Grade 9 students. Elaborated features of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Conferences (Gatherings), Experimental Groups, Control Groups
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Klassen, Stephen – Science & Education, 2010
Although various reasons have been proposed to explain the potential effectiveness of science stories to promote learning, no explicit relationship of stories to learning theory in science has been propounded. In this paper, two structurally analogous models are developed and compared: a structural model of stories and a temporal conceptual change…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Story Telling, Story Grammar, Active Learning
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Niaz, Mansoor; Klassen, Stephen; McMillan, Barbara; Metz, Don – Science & Education, 2010
The authors of this paper portray the perspective of Professor Leon Cooper, a theoretical physicist, Nobel laureate, active researcher, and physics textbook author, on teaching science and on the nature of science (NOS). The views presented emerged from an interview prepared by the authors and responded to in writing by Professor Cooper. Based on…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Scientific Principles, Physics, Scientists
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Klassen, Stephen – Science & Education, 2009
The Millikan oil drop experiment has been characterized as one of the "most beautiful" physics experiments of all time and, certainly, as one of the most frustrating of all the exercises in the undergraduate physics laboratory. A literature review reveals that work done on addressing student difficulties in performing the oil drop experiment has,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Laboratories, Undergraduate Students, Science History
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Klassen, Stephen – Science & Education, 2009
Science educators are beginning to establish a theoretical and methodological foundation for constructing and using stories in science teaching. At the same time, it is not clear to what degree science stories that have recently been written adhere to the guidelines that are being proposed. The author has written a story about Louis Slotin, which…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Radiation, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Metz, Don; Klassen, Stephen; McMillan, Barbara; Clough, Michael; Olson, Joanne – Science & Education, 2007
Many educators today advocate the use of historical narratives as one of a number of possible contexts for teaching science. However, several pedagogical and epistemological issues arise when implementing narratives in the classroom. In this paper, we are interested in expanding our view of narrative, specific to integrating the history of science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Personal Narratives
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Klassen, Stephen – Science & Education, 2007
The use of historically based stories to teach science has both theoretical and practical support. This paper outlines how the historically based story may be utilized effectively in the classroom and, as an illustration of this, presents the story of Lord Kelvin's role in the laying of the first trans-Atlantic communications cable during the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Telecommunications, Technological Advancement, Teaching Methods