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Wood, Benjamin K.; Blevins, Benjamin K. – Physics Education, 2019
Practical skills in science education, defined as those developed through the observation, demonstration, manipulation, and application of scientific principles, valued in both academia and industry, feature conspicuously in curriculums the world over. Efficiently imparting such skills to students necessitates access to scientific equipment of…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Science Experiments, Light, Physics
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents exemplification of the ways in which teachers can garner the interest piqued by the recent detection of gravitational waves. The intention was to develop a teaching module based around this exciting new branch of astronomy and to use this as an opportunity to bring cutting-edge science into the classroom, whilst allowing…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper is the second part of a three-paper series. It describes a project based approach to STEM enrichment and presents a detailed description of the practical set-ups, the investigations carried out by the students and their experimental findings. The accompanying first paper outlines an introductory gravitational waves based teaching module…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Physics, Secondary School Science
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper evaluates the extent to which a gravitational waves based STEM enrichment club impacted upon students' enjoyment of physics and engendered a positive change in their perception of scientists. It also explores the short-term impact upon their academic performance relative to that of their peers. Mixed methods of data collection included…
Descriptors: Physics, STEM Education, Intervention, Secondary School Science
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Korsun, Igor – Physics Education, 2019
This article is aimed at justifying sensible use of inventive tasks in physics teaching. The justification will encourage teachers to form learners' creative thinking; in particular, the course of physics has the great potential for forming learners' creative thinking. Being adapted to the course of physics, the basic stages to solve inventive…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Physics, Science Instruction, Creative Thinking
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Kácovský, Petr – Physics Education, 2019
This paper describes ten simple thermal imaging experiments designed primarily for upper secondary students, but usable with younger pupils as well. The author's primary motivation was to come up with a meaningful use for a thermal imaging camera even if the teacher only has a short time to work with it--in the extreme case, only one lesson in…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Secondary School Students
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Andreotti, Erica; Frans, Renaat – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper we describe the STEAM pedagogy developed under the European Union's Horizon 2020 project iMuSciCA (interactive music science collaborative activities). We present the pedagogical model this interdisciplinary pedagogy is based on and we give a concrete example of lesson scenario in which this pedagogy is applied. In particular we show…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Physics, Engineering
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Williams, D.; Wong, J.; Bahl, R.; Cammell-Plaice, E.; Carter, S.; Clements, K.; East, A.; Mediwaka, N. – Physics Education, 2019
A-level specifications include references to Lenz's Law, giving the opportunity for high impact demonstrations of associated effects. The authors present demonstrations suitable for all classrooms and show how they can be extended to include the use of superconductors, culminating in a novel take on the classic magnet in pipe demonstration which…
Descriptors: Electronics, Demonstrations (Educational), Magnets, Physics
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Demircioglu, Salih; Cin, Merve Oztas – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents an argumentation-based demonstration experiment to teach the light-matter interaction using an observable laser beam and vacuum pump. In the experiment, the concept of darkness was addressed using a virtual space environment created by gradually decreasing the pressure inside a quartz glass bell jar with a vacuum pump. This…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Demonstrations (Educational), Light, Scientific Concepts
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Singh, Sushil Kumar; Kashyap, Jaya Shivangani; Rajwani, Priyanka; Kaur, Savinda – Physics Education, 2019
Understanding reflection and refraction are an integral part of school and college learning. In nature even birds and fish (Archer fish) very skillfully use refraction to strike down prey present above or below the water surface. Fermat's principle allows one to look beyond the reasons behind the laws governing the reflection and refraction. A…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Computer Assisted Instruction, Science Experiments
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Pols, Freek; Dekkers, Peter; de Vries, Marc – Physics Education, 2019
Successfully carrying out a secondary school physics inquiry requires a considerable amount of procedural and content knowledge. It further requires knowledge of how and why maintaining scientific standards produces the best available answer to the given research question. To this purpose, a series of five inquiry activities was developed and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students
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Huseby, Anders; Bungum, Berit – Physics Education, 2019
Quantum physics is challenging for young students, but also a source of fascination. "Observation" is a key concept in order to understand how principles and experimental results in quantum physics differ from what we are used to in classical physics and everyday experiences. In this study we investigate how pre-university physics…
Descriptors: Observation, Secondary School Students, Quantum Mechanics, Secondary School Science