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On the interaction of physics with science education research
written by Peter W. Hewson
In the decade after completing my doctoral degree in theoretical nuclear physics, my professional interests changed from how elementary particles interact with nuclei to how students learn physics. To use an optical metaphor, my physics lenses helped me focus on some aspects of how students learn the discipline of physics. Identifying isolated systems, looking for causal mechanisms, and adapting models of interactions are examples of physics approaches that guided my journey of understanding this new field. Yet my physics lenses left other aspects out of focus and even out of my field of view. To notice and pay attention to these aspects, I needed other lenses. Examples of these are the philosophy of education with respect to teaching and learning, the history of science with respect to how disciplines advance, and cognitive psychology with respect to the role of students' knowledge in learning. I use my own experiences in moving from physics into the practice of science education to illustrate the interaction of physics with science education research.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference Plenary Paper series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 18-22
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Hewson, P. (2016, July 20-21). On the interaction of physics with science education research. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved September 22, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14296&DocID=4640
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Hewson, Peter. "On the interaction of physics with science education research." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14296&DocID=4640 (accessed 22 September 2019).
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Hewson, Peter. "On the interaction of physics with science education research." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 18-22 of PER Conference Plenary Paper. 22 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14296&DocID=4640>.
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