ERIC Number: EJ721972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-28
Reference Count: 24
Learning Introductory Quantum Physics: Sensori-Motor Experiences and Mental Models
Ke, Jiun-Liang; Monk, Martin; Duschl, Richard
International Journal of Science Education, v27 n13 p1571-1594 Oct 2005
This paper reports a cross-sectional study of Taiwanese physics students' understanding of subatomic phenomena that are explained by quantum mechanics. The study uses students' explanations of their answers to items in a questionnaire as a proxy for students' thinking. The variation in students' explanations is discussed as is the development in the way in which students link different concepts. A discussion of the source of students' ideas turns to the way schema contain mental models that derive from sensori-experiences. The principal recommendation for teaching is the need to include practical activities on a range of precursor phenomena so as to extend the students' repertoires of mental models. This advice is different from that given in previous studies.
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, High School Students, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Concept Formation, Perceptual Motor Learning, Epistemology, Sensory Experience, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan