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International Journal of Science Education
written by Mauricio Pietrocola and A. Zylbersztajn
This research is based on the analysis of answers given by undergraduate physics students when confronted with situations related to the Special Theory of Relativity. Historical and epistemological studies indicate the importance of principles for the construction of physical theories. There is a consensual acknowledgement of the fundamental role played by the Principle of Relativity in the case of Special Relativity. The study investigated the extent to which that principle was employed by the students when dealing with a diversity of phenomena. The research data were obtained through clinical interviews and supported two main conclusions: (a) the Principle of Relativity is not used as a heuristic tool in the students' answers; (b) the situations presented were not regarded as 'problematic' by the students, who did not feel the need to use interpretative structures other than those of classical mechanics and common sense.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 261-276
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10.1080/095006999290697
Keywords:
Brazil, Common Sense, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mechanics (Physics), Misconceptions, Motion, Physics, Problem Solving, Relativity, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Undergraduate Students, Velocity
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M. Pietrocola and A. Zylbersztajn, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21 (3), 261 (1999), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290697).
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M. Pietrocola and A. Zylbersztajn, The use of the Principle of Relativity in the interpretation of phenomena by undergraduate physics students, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21 (3), 261 (1999), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290697>.
APA Format
Pietrocola, M., & Zylbersztajn, A. (1999, March 1). The use of the Principle of Relativity in the interpretation of phenomena by undergraduate physics students. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 21(3), 261-276. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290697
Chicago Format
Pietrocola, Mauricio, and Arden Zylbersztajn. "The use of the Principle of Relativity in the interpretation of phenomena by undergraduate physics students." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21, no. 3, (March 1, 1999): 261-276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290697 (accessed 31 October 2014).
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Pietrocola, Mauricio, and Arden Zylbersztajn. "The use of the Principle of Relativity in the interpretation of phenomena by undergraduate physics students." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21.3 (1999): 261-276. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290697>.
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