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ERIC Number: EJ748085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Swedish Upper Secondary Students' Views of the Origin and Development of the Universe
Hansson, Lena; Redfors, Andreas
Research in Science Education, v36 n4 p355-379 Dec 2006
The article is addressing how students reason about the origin and development of the universe. Students' own views as well as their descriptions of physical models are analysed. Data consists of written surveys, and interviews of a subset of the students. Most of the students relate to the Big Bang model when describing the origin of the universe. The study however shows that this can mean different things to the students. The article also addresses views of whether or not the universe changes and of the origin of the elements. When comparing students' own views with their views of the physics view this study shows that there are students who have a different view of their own than the view they connect with physics. This shows that students, in the area of cosmology, do not necessarily take the view they connect with physics to be their own. Examples of students who handle the physics view in different ways are discussed. There are students who relate not only to science but also to a religious worldview when describing their own view. This shows that when discussing cosmology in class, also a religious worldview can be relevant for parts of the student group.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden