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Melo, Énery; Bächtold, Manuel – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents and discusses an innovative pedagogical device designed for training pre-service teachers on the nature of science. We endorse an approach according to which aspects of the nature of science should be explicitly discussed in order to be understood by learners. We identified quantum physics, and more precisely the principles…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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de Pereira, Alexsandro Pereira; Lima Junior, Paulo; Rodrigues, Renato Felix – Science & Education, 2016
Explaining is one of the most important everyday practices in science education. In this article, we examine how scientific explanations could serve as cultural tools for members of a group of pre-service physics teachers. Specifically, we aim at their use of explanations about forces of inertia in non-inertial frames of reference. A basic…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Science Education, Physics
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García-Carmona, Antonio; Acevedo Díaz, José Antonio – Science & Education, 2016
This article presents a study aiming at assessing the efficacy of reading newspaper articles with scientific content in order to incorporate nature of science (NOS) aspects in initial primary teacher education. To this aim, a short teaching intervention based on newspaper articles was planned and performed under regular class conditions. First,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Newspapers, Journal Articles, Preservice Teacher Education
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Machado, Juliana; Braga, Marco Antônio Barbosa – Science & Education, 2016
A characterization of the modelling process in science is proposed for science education, based on Mario Bunge's ideas about the construction of models in science. Galileo's "Dialogues" are analysed as a potentially fruitful starting point to implement strategies aimed at modelling in the classroom in the light of that proposal. It is…
Descriptors: History, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Education
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Redish, Edward F.; Kuo, Eric – Science & Education, 2015
Mathematics is a critical part of much scientific research. Physics in particular weaves math extensively into its instruction beginning in high school. Despite much research on the learning of both physics and math, the problem of how to effectively include math in physics in a way that reaches most students remains unsolved. In this paper, we…
Descriptors: Physics, Epistemology, Science Education, Educational Research
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López-Gay, R.; Martinez Sáez, J.; Martinez Torregrosa, J. – Science & Education, 2015
The process of the mathematization of physical situations through differential calculus requires an understanding of the justification for and the meaning of the differential in the context of physics. In this work, four different conceptions about the differential in physics are identified and assessed according to their utility for the…
Descriptors: Physics, Barriers, Calculus, Mathematical Applications
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Coelho, Ricardo Lopes – Science & Education, 2013
It is generally accepted nowadays that History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) is useful in understanding scientific concepts, theories and even some experiments. Problem-solving strategies are a significant topic, since students' careers depend on their skill to solve problems. These are the reasons for addressing the question of whether problem…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Introductory Courses, Scientific Concepts, Problem Solving
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Klassen, Stephen; Niaz, Mansoor; Metz, Don; McMillan, Barbara; Dietrich, Sarah – Science & Education, 2012
The literature on the pedagogical aspects of the photoelectric effect as used in the undergraduate student laboratory shows that little research has been done in this area. Our current study is an analysis of the instructions in 38, electronically published laboratory manuals for the photoelectric effect. The analyses were based on history and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Textbooks, Physics, Laboratory Manuals
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Simon, Josep; Cuenca-Lorente, Mar – Science & Education, 2012
Although a large number of Spanish secondary schools have preserved an important scientific heritage, including large scientific instrument collections, this heritage has never been officially protected. Their current state is very diverse, and although several research projects have attempted to initiate their recovery and use, their lack of…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Secondary Education, Physics, Chemistry
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Hottecke, Dietmar; Henke, Andreas; Riess, Falk – Science & Education, 2012
This paper presents a rationale for utilizing HPS to teach physics and the NoS developed in the course of a project funded by the European Union. A core feature of this approach is formed by the development of historical case studies for the use in lessons. Furthermore, the learners' perspectives are explicitly taken into account. Teaching methods…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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Papadouris, Nicos; Constantinou, Constantinos P. – Science & Education, 2011
Learning about energy is recognized as an important objective of science teaching starting from the elementary school. This creates the need for teaching simplifications that compromise the abstract nature of this concept with students' need for a satisfactory qualitative definition. Conventional teaching approaches have failed to respond to this…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Energy, Science Instruction
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Quale, Andreas – Science & Education, 2011
The association between the observable physical world and the mathematical models used in theoretical physics to describe this world is examined. Such models will frequently exhibit solutions that are "unexpected," in the sense that they describe physical situations which are different from that which the physicist may initially have had in mind…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Mathematical Models, Physics, Epistemology
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Kurki-Suonio, Kaarle – Science & Education, 2011
This article sketches a framework of ideas developed in the context of decades of physics teacher-education that was entitled the "perceptional approach". Individual learning and the scientific enterprise are interpreted as different manifestations of the same process aimed at understanding the natural and social worlds. The process is understood…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Enterprise, Interaction, Birth Order
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Kalman, Calvin – Science & Education, 2010
This paper is centered on getting students to understand the nature of science (NOS) by considering historical material in relation to modern philosophers of science. This paper incorporates the methodology of contrasting cases in the calculus-based introductory physics course on optics and modern physics. Students study one philosopher all…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Calculus, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Kokkotas, Panos; Piliouras, Panagiotis; Malamitsa, Katerina; Stamoulis, Efthymios – Science & Education, 2009
Our paper presents an in-service primary school teachers' training program which is based on the idea that the history of science can play a vital role in promoting the learning of physics. This training program has been developed in the context of Comenius 2.1 which is a European Union program. This program that we have developed in the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physics, Teaching Methods, Program Implementation
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