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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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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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Metz, Don – Science & Education, 2009
According to Thomas Kuhn, a significant part of "normal science" is the fact gathering, empirical work which is intended to illustrate an existing paradigm. Some of this effort focuses on the determination of physical constants such as the astronomical unit (AU). For Kuhn, normal science is also what prepares students for membership in a…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Reputation, Racial Differences, Foreign Countries
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Metz, Don; Stinner, Art – Science & Education, 2007
Gerald Rutherford (1964), one of the original authors of the Harvard Project Physics course which emphasized the history of science, expressed a view of inquiry which advocated the historical re-constructions of significant experiments. To implement this view we examine two modes of historical re-constructions; Heering's ("Paper…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Experiments, Science History
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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