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ERIC Number: EJ1051489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: EISSN-1309-7202
Simplifications and Idealizations in High School Physics in Mechanics: A Study of Slovenian Curriculum and Textbooks
Forjan, Matej; Sliško, Josip
European Journal of Physics Education, v5 n3 p20-31 2014
This article presents the results of an analysis of three Slovenian textbooks for high school physics, from the point of view of simplifications and idealizations in the field of mechanics. In modeling of physical systems, making simplifications and idealizations is important, since one ignores minor effects and focuses on the most important characteristics of the systems and processes. In high school physics, simplified and idealized models play a fundamental role in learning physics concepts and laws, so it is of crucial importance that textbooks present them carefully. The review shows that in two textbooks more than a half of analyzed simplifications are not properly presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia