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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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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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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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Marroum, Renata-Maria – Science & Education, 2004
This paper describes the transcendental method of Bernard Lonergan and its relevance to science education in general, and to physics education in particular. Lonergan formulated a cognitional theory, based upon the self-assembling dynamic invariant structure of human knowing, that unfolds the complex relation among knowing, objective knowledge,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Physics, Science Instruction