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ERIC Number: EJ1056131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2065-1430
The Formation of Shadows: The Case of the Position of a Light Source in Relevance to the Shadow
Ravanis, Konstantinos; Zacharos, Konstantinos; Vellopoulou, Angeliki
Acta Didactica Napocensia, v3 n3 p1-6 2010
The study of pupils' representations of physics concepts and phenomena constitutes a central part of Science Education research, as they play a decisive role in teaching. In the study presented here, we investigate 212 fifth grade pupils' mental representations of the formation of shadows, before they were taught about it in school. The empirical data was gathered through an interview using four tasks which involved the evaluation of hypothetical situations. The research data included representations that cause difficulty in the comprehension of the position of a light source in relevance to the shadow.
Babes-Bolyai University. Kogainiceanu 1, Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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