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ERIC Number: EJ924544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Role of Models and Analogies in the Electromagnetic Theory: A Historical Case Study
Silva, Cibelle Celestino
Science & Education, v16 n7-8 p835-848 Aug 2007
Despite its great importance, many students and even their teachers still cannot recognize the relevance of models to build up physical knowledge and are unable to develop qualitative explanations for mathematical expressions that exist within physics. Thus, it is not a surprise that analogies play an important role in science education, since students' construction of mental models of abstract phenomena need to be rooted in some existing or previous experience in order to interpret more complex ideas. The present article focuses on some of these issues by analyzing some specific instances of the historical development of the electromagnetic theory. Using the mental models framework, the importance of mechanical analogies to understand some of the electromagnetic concepts are emphasized.
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Language: English
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