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Flynn, Simon; Hardman, Mark – Science & Education, 2019
In recent years, researchers within science education have started to consider the impact of narrative upon teaching and learning in science. This article investigates the possibilities of interactive fiction as a means by which students can be provided with feedback on their understanding in science, and explores the mechanisms which might allow…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Fiction, Books
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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2019
This study considers the short list of Nature of Science (NOS) features frequently published and widely known in the science education discourse. It is argued that these features were oversimplified and a refinement of the claims may enrich or sometimes reverse them. The analysis shows the need to address the range of variation in each particular…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Science History, Science Instruction
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Hardahl, Liv Kondrup; Wickman, Per-Olof; Caiman, Cecilia – Science & Education, 2019
This article deals with science content "in the making" and in particular the role of the body in producing scientific phenomena. While accounts of scientists' work have repeatedly demonstrated, how producing phenomena requires immense amounts of time and effort, involving tinkering and manual labor, this is a little empirically studied…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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Park, Wonyong; Yang, Seungran; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2019
The social reaction to the recent detection of the Higgs boson and gravitational waves provided evidence that public interest in modern physics has reached a high point. Although these modern physics topics are being introduced into the upper secondary physics curricula in a growing number of countries, their potential for teaching various aspects…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Physics, Secondary School Students
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Melo, Énery; Bächtold, Manuel – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents and discusses an innovative pedagogical device designed for training pre-service teachers on the nature of science. We endorse an approach according to which aspects of the nature of science should be explicitly discussed in order to be understood by learners. We identified quantum physics, and more precisely the principles…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Niss, Martin – Science & Education, 2018
A central goal of physics education is to teach problem-solving competency, but the description of the nature of this competency is somewhat fragmentary and implicit in the literature. The present article uses recent historical scholarship on Arnold Sommerfeld and Enrico Fermi to identify and characterize two positions on the nature of physics…
Descriptors: Physics, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, College Science
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Williams, Mobolaji – Science & Education, 2018
Physics is often seen as an excellent introduction to science because it allows students to learn not only the laws governing the world around them, but also, through the problems students solve, a way of thinking which is conducive to solving problems outside of physics and even outside of science. In this article, we contest this latter idea and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Problem Solving
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Criswell, Brett A.; Rushton, Gregory T.; Nachtigall, Dawn; Staggs, Samuel; Alemdar, Meltem; Cappelli, Christopher J. – Science Education, 2018
The program team operating an NSF Noyce Master Teacher program has been building a conceptual framework for developing teacher leaders. The program has focused its efforts on a group of 16 chemistry and physics teachers in Southeast high-needs schools. The conceptual framework is based on the view that teacher leaders are those individuals who…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Physics, Science Instruction, Teacher Leadership
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Schizas, Dimitrios; Psillos, Dimitris; Stamou, George – Science Education, 2016
The present essay examines the emerging issue of domain-general versus domain-specific nature of science (NOS) understandings from a perspective that illuminates the value of domain-specific philosophies of science for the growth and development of the NOS educational field. Under the assumption that individual sciences do have their own…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Biology
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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2016
Physics textbooks often present items of disciplinary knowledge in a sequential order of topics of the theory under instruction. Such presentation is usually univocal, that is, isolated from alternative claims and contributions regarding the subject matter in the pertinent scientific discourse. We argue that comparing and contrasting the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses
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Machado, Juliana; Braga, Marco Antônio Barbosa – Science & Education, 2016
A characterization of the modelling process in science is proposed for science education, based on Mario Bunge's ideas about the construction of models in science. Galileo's "Dialogues" are analysed as a potentially fruitful starting point to implement strategies aimed at modelling in the classroom in the light of that proposal. It is…
Descriptors: History, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Education
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Gim, Jinyeong – Science & Education, 2016
South Korean high school students are being taught Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. In this article, I examine the portrayal of this theory in South Korean high school physics textbooks and discuss an alternative method used to solve the analyzed problems. This examination of how these South Korean textbooks present this theory has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Textbooks
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Mäntylä, Terhi; Hämäläinen, Ari – Science & Education, 2015
The language of physics is mathematics, and physics ideas, laws and models describing phenomena are usually represented in mathematical form. Therefore, an understanding of how to navigate between phenomena and the models representing them in mathematical form is important for a physics teacher so that the teacher can make physics understandable…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mathematics, Scientific Principles
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Radtka, Catherine – Science & Education, 2015
This paper examines physics and mathematics textbooks published in France at the end of the 1950s and at the beginning of the 1960s for children aged 11-15 years old. It argues that at this "middle school" level, textbooks contributed to shape cultural representations of both disciplines and their mutual boundaries through their contents…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Educational History
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Pande, Prajakt; Chandrasekharan, Sanjay – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Multiple external representations (MERs) are central to the practice and learning of science, mathematics and engineering, as the phenomena and entities investigated and controlled in these domains are often not available for perception and action. MERs therefore play a twofold constitutive role in reasoning in these domains. Firstly, MERs stand…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Visualization, Imagination, Cognitive Processes
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