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Mäntylä, T.; Nousiainen, M. – Science & Education, 2014
In the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, there are advanced physics courses designed for the needs of pre-service physics teachers. The starting point is that after introductory and intermediate physics courses, pre-service physics teachers know laws and definitions but the knowledge is quite fragmented and does not form coherent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Physics, College Science
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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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Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija; Lavonen, Jari – Science & Education, 2013
The aim of this study was to assess how the different aspects of nature of science (NOS) were represented in Finnish and Swedish upper secondary school chemistry textbooks. The dimensions of NOS were analyzed from five popular chemistry textbook series. The study provides a quantitative method for analysis of representations of NOS in chemistry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Siemsen, Hayo – Science & Education, 2011
Where does Finnish science education come from? Where will it go? The following outside view reflects on relations, which Finns consider "normal" (and thus unrecognizable in introspection) in science education. But what is "normal" in Finnish culture cannot be considered "normal" for science education in other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Epistemology, Science Education, Comparative Analysis
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Siemsen, Hayo; Siemsen, Karl Hayo – Science & Education, 2009
Although it is generally assumed that the thoughts of Ernst Mach and the scientific fields he influenced (in this case psychophysics and "Gestalt" psychology) emigrated from Europe during Second World War they apparently survived in Finland, influencing the Finnish education system. The following article evaluates this relationship and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Individual Development, Personality