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ERIC Number: EJ813576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Three Conceptions of Thermodynamics: Technical Matrices in Science and Engineering
Christiansen, Frederik V.; Rump, Camilla
Research in Science Education, v38 n5 p545-564 Nov 2008
Introductory thermodynamics is a topic which is covered in a wide variety of science and engineering educations. However, very different teaching traditions have evolved within different scientific specialties. In this study we examine three courses in introductory thermodynamics within three different scientific specialties: physics, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Based on a generalization of Kuhn's theory of disciplinary matrix, and the idea of boundary objects we analyse how basic thermodynamics theory is conceived in the different scientific specialties. The study is based on interviews with teachers and analysis of the different textbook traditions. It is concluded that teachers need to take into account how subject matter is conceived in other related scientific specialties when designing courses. Two examples demonstrating how this may be done are given.
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Language: English
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