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Balta, Nuri; Eryilmaz, Ali – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
One way to fascinate, engage, arouse curiosity, motivate, and stimulate intellectual development in learning scientific concepts is to use counterintuitive questions. These questions make students aware of the inadequacies of their own thinking by exposing them to situations whose outcomes are inconsistent with what they would expect. In this…
Descriptors: Intuition, Learner Engagement, Intellectual Development, Measures (Individuals)
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Balta, Nuri; Çetin, Ali – Physics Education, 2017
This study is aimed at first introducing a well-known discrepant event; inseparable phone books and second, turning it into an experiment for high school or middle school students. This discrepant event could be used especially to indicate how friction force can be effective in producing an unexpected result. Demonstration, discussion, explanation…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Balta, Nuri – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
Visualizing physical concepts through models is an essential method in many sciences. While students are mostly proficient in handling mathematical aspects of problems, they frequently lack the ability to visualize and interpret abstract physical concepts in a meaningful way. In this paper, initially the electric circuits and related concepts were…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Equipment, Visualization