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International Journal of Science Education
written by Andreas Redfors and Jim Ryder
We examine third year university physics students' use of models when explaining familiar phenomena involving interaction between metals and electromagnetic radiation. A range of scientific models are available to explain these phenomena. However, explanations of these phenomena tend not to be used as exemplars of scientific models within undergraduate physics education. The student sample is drawn from six universities in UK and Sweden. These students have difficulties in providing appropriate explanations for the phenomena. Many students draw upon the Bohr model of isolated atoms when explaining light emission of metals. The students tend not to recognize that atoms in metals interact to give an electronic structure very different from that of the isolated atom. Few students use a single model consistently in their explanations of these related phenomena. Rather, students' use of models is sensitive to the context in which each phenomenon is presented to them.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 23, Issue 12, Pages 1283-1301
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10.1080/09500690110038620
Keywords:
Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, College Curriculum, Electromagnetic Theory, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Photoelectric Effect, Physics, Prior Learning, Science Education, Student Motivation
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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A. Redfors and J. Ryder, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23 (12), 1283 (2001), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110038620).
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A. Redfors and J. Ryder, University physics students' use of models in explanations of phenomena involving interaction between metals and electromagnetic radiation, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23 (12), 1283 (2001), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110038620>.
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Redfors, A., & Ryder, J. (2001, December 1). University physics students' use of models in explanations of phenomena involving interaction between metals and electromagnetic radiation. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 23(12), 1283-1301. Retrieved August 5, 2020, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110038620
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Redfors, Andreas, and Jim Ryder. "University physics students' use of models in explanations of phenomena involving interaction between metals and electromagnetic radiation." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23, no. 12, (December 1, 2001): 1283-1301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110038620 (accessed 5 August 2020).
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Redfors, Andreas, and Jim Ryder. "University physics students' use of models in explanations of phenomena involving interaction between metals and electromagnetic radiation." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23.12 (2001): 1283-1301. 5 Aug. 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110038620>.
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