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Spatz, Verena; Hopf, Martin; Wilhelm, Thomas; Waltner, Christine; Wiesner, Hartmut – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
Newtonian mechanics is still among the most difficult topics in the physics' syllabus taught at school. For example, even after completing traditional instruction, students still think that a force is necessary to maintain motion. Therefore, a revised method of instruction is needed that meets students' learning needs. The aim of the project…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction
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Wiener, Gerfried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This paper describes the second in a series of studies exploring the acceptance of the subatomic structure of matter by 12-year-olds. The studies focus on a novel learning unit introducing an atomic model from electrons down to quarks, which is aimed to be used at an early stage in the physics curriculum. Three features are fundamental to the…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Preadolescents, Nuclear Physics, Instructional Effectiveness
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Plotz, Thomas; Hopf, Martin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Conceptual Change is a widely accepted theoretical framework for science education. Setting up successful learning and teaching arrangements in this framework necessarily entails including students┬┤ preconceptions into the construction of those arrangements. In order to provide a basis for such arrangements this study investigated and explored…
Descriptors: Radiation, Science Education, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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Wiener, Gerfried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This study introduces a teaching concept based on the Standard Model of particle physics. It comprises two consecutive chapters--elementary particles and fundamental interactions. The rationale of this concept is that the fundamental principles of particle physics can run as the golden thread through the whole physics curriculum. The design…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Physics, Scientific Principles, Microteaching