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Svedholm, Annika M.; Lindeman, Marjaana – Science & Education, 2013
Lay conceptions of energy often conflict with scientific knowledge, hinder science learning and scientific literacy, and provide a basis for ungrounded beliefs. In a sample of Finnish upper secondary school students, energy was attributed with features of living and animate beings and thought of as a mental property. These ontologically confused…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Students, Medicine, Scientific Literacy
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Braga, Marco; Guerra, Andreia; Reis, Jose Claudio – Science & Education, 2012
This paper evaluates the viability of using controversies in teaching. An educational project has been elaborated in which some historical-philosophical clashes were introduced into the classical syllabus of physics. The historical-philosophical controversy dealt with here, took place between the French physicists Biot and Ampere in the 19th…
Descriptors: Science History, Philosophy, Science Instruction, Physics
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de Lima Tavares, Marina; Jimenez-Aleixandre, Maria-Pilar; Mortimer, Eduardo F. – Science & Education, 2010
The oral arguments of 12th grade students while solving tasks related to evolution are examined. Two groups (N = 45), taught by the same teacher, were studied during a complete teaching sequence. The paper focuses on data from the last sessions, devoted to solving problems in small groups, problems related to different dimensions of the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Grade 12, Problem Solving, Group Activities