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ERIC Number: EJ770703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Expounding on Physics: A Phenomenographic Study of Physicists Talking of Their Physics
Ingerman, Ake; Booth, Shirley
International Journal of Science Education, v25 n12 p1489-1508 Dec 2003
Physicists and physics students have been studied with respect to the variation in the ways they expound on their topic of research and a physics problem, respectively. A phenomenographic approach has been employed; six fourth-year physics students and 10 teacher-researcher physicists at various stages of their careers have been interviewed. Four qualitatively distinct ways of expounding on physics have been identified, constituting an outcome space where there is a successive shift towards coherent structure and multiple referent domains. The interviewed person is characterized as expressing an "object of knowledge," and the interviewer is characterized as a willing and active listener who is trying to make sense of it, constituting a "knowledge object" out of the ideas expressed and personal experience. Pedagogical situations of analogous character to the interviewer-interviewee discussions are considered in the light of the analysis, focusing on the affordances for learning offered by the different forms of exposition. (Contains 3 figures and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden