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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