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International Journal of Science Education
written by P. H. van Roon, H. F. van Sprang, and A. H. Verdonk
This paper describes qualitative research into difficulties university freshmen displayed when 'forced' to use thermodynamic 'concepts,' or rather 'words,' in a thermodynamic context which was, at that time, not (yet) their own context. The research also aims at the identification and the naming of students' proto-thermodynamic context(s), focused on their concepts of work and heat, and taking a thermo-dynamic basic context of work and heat, previously described as an objective of education, as a frame of reference.Three 'rounds' of research were performed in three successive years, each elaborating on the preceding one. The first 'round' concentrated mainly on students' general problems with the thermodynamic concept of heat in a thermodynamic context. The second and the third concentrated mainly on the way a 'transition' from a commonplace concept of work in an ordinary life context to a scientific concept of work is suggested in a much used Dutch secondary school method of physics education. Our first conclusion is that the observed freshmen used 'heat' and 'work' in what we have named a 'thermochemical context'; this can be seen as a proto-thermodynamic context. In addition, they had great difficulties with the thermodynamic system concept. Both conclusions appear to be interrelated.Finally, a possible 'educational road' from this proto-thermodynamic students' context to a 'genuine' thermodynamic context is suggested.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 131-144
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10.1080/0950069940160203
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0950-0693
Keywords:
heat, student misconceptions, temperature, thermodynamics
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P. van Roon, H. van Sprang, and A. Verdonk, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 16 (2), 131 (1994), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069940160203).
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P. van Roon, H. van Sprang, and A. Verdonk, 'Work' and 'Heat': On a Road Towards Thermodynamics, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 16 (2), 131 (1994), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069940160203>.
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van Roon, P., van Sprang, H., & Verdonk, A. (1994). 'Work' and 'Heat': On a Road Towards Thermodynamics. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 16(2), 131-144. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069940160203
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van Roon, P, H. van Sprang, and A. Verdonk. "'Work' and 'Heat': On a Road Towards Thermodynamics." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 16, no. 2, (1994): 131-144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069940160203 (accessed 11 December 2017).
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van Roon, P. H., H. F. van Sprang, and A. H. Verdonk. "'Work' and 'Heat': On a Road Towards Thermodynamics." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 16.2 (1994): 131-144. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069940160203>.
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