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Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Angell, Carl; Vistnes, Arnt Inge; Bungum, Berit – Science & Education, 2018
Quantum physics describes light as having both particle and wave properties; however, there is no consensus about how to interpret this duality on an ontological level. This article explores how pre-university physics students, while working with learning material focusing on historical-philosophical aspects of quantum physics, interpreted the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Kersting, Magdalena; Steier, Rolf – Science & Education, 2018
According to general relativity (GR), we live in a four-dimensional curved universe. Since the human mind cannot visualize those four dimensions, a popular analogy compares the universe to a two-dimensional rubber sheet distorted by massive objects. This analogy is often used when teaching GR to upper secondary and undergraduate physics students.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Online Courses
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Nyléhn, Jorun; Ødegaard, Marianne – Science & Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) is a primary goal in school science. Most teachers are not well-prepared for teaching NOS, but a sophisticated and in-depth understanding of NOS is necessary for effective teaching. Some authors emphasize the need for teaching NOS in context. Species, a central concept in biology, is proposed in this article as a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Textbooks, Science Instruction
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Eggen, Per-Odd; Kvittingen, Lise; Lykknes, Annette; Wittje, Roland – Science & Education, 2012
The decomposition of water by electricity, and the voltaic pile as a means of generating electricity, have both held an iconic status in the history of science as well as in the history of science teaching. These experiments featured in chemistry and physics textbooks, as well as in classroom teaching, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy