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ERIC Number: EJ801182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Views about Physics Held by Physics Teachers with Differing Approaches to Teaching Physics
Mulhall, Pamela; Gunstone, Richard
Research in Science Education, v38 n4 p435-462 Aug 2008
Physics teachers' approaches to teaching physics are generally considered to be linked to their views about physics. In this qualitative study, the views about physics held by a group of physics teachers whose teaching practice was traditional were explored and compared with the views held by physics teachers who used conceptual change approaches. A particular focus of the study was teachers' views about the role of mathematics in physics. The findings suggest the traditional teachers saw physics as discovered, close approximations of reality while the conceptual change teachers' views about physics ranged from a social constructivist perspective to more realist views. However, most teachers did not appear to have given much thought to the nature of physics or physics knowledge, nor to the role of mathematics in physics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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