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Kersting, Magdalena – Physics Education, 2019
The first direct observation of gravitational waves in 2015 has led to an increased public interest in topics of general relativity (GR) and astronomy. Physics teachers and educators respond to this interest by introducing modern ideas of gravity and spacetime to high school students. Doing so, they face the challenge of finding suitable models…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Choudhary, Rahul K.; Foppoli, Alexander; Kaur, Tejinder; Blair, David G.; Zadnik, Marjan; Meagher, Richard – Physics Education, 2018
The decline in students' interest in science and technology is a major concern in the western world. One approach to reversing this decline is to introduce modern physics concepts much earlier in the school curriculum. We have used the context of the recent discoveries of gravitational waves to test the benefits of one-day interventions, in which…
Descriptors: Intervention, Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods
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Murphy, Evan; Hughes, Stephen – Physics Education, 2014
The determination of latitude and longitude on Earth has always been of interest to explorers and cartographers alike. Accurate positional information is often needed for rescue purposes in locations where satellite navigational systems are inoperable. The activity described in this paper demonstrates a simple procedure to determine latitude and…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Astronomy, Navigation, Geographic Location
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Cooper, Sarina; Yeo, Shelley; Zadnik, Marjan – Physics Education, 2003
We have investigated the conceptual understandings of seventy-eight 16-year-old Australian high school students' and their knowledge about several issues related to nuclear energy. As a result of their study of the physics topic Nuclear Technology, the students learned more about applications of nuclear technology, had better though still…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Energy, High School Students