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International Journal of Science Education
written by A. Tarciso Borges
The mental models people use to think about the nature of electric current were investigated. Interviews, based on sequences of prediction-observation-explanation, were conducted with Brazilian secondary students, technical school students, teachers, engineers and practitioners who deal with electricity as part of their daily activities. Four models are reported, showing a possible pattern of progression which may be related to individual's acquisition of conceptual knowledge about electricity.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 95-117
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
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Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Electricity, Foreign Countries, General Science, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Misconceptions, Models, Secondary Education
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A. Borges, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21 (1), 95 (1999), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290859).
A. Borges, Mental models of electricity, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21 (1), 95 (1999), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290859>.
APA Format
Borges, A. (1999, January 1). Mental models of electricity. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 21(1), 95-117. Retrieved October 18, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290859
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Borges, A. Tarciso. "Mental models of electricity." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21, no. 1, (January 1, 1999): 95-117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290859 (accessed 18 October 2017).
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Borges, A. Tarciso. "Mental models of electricity." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 21.1 (1999): 95-117. 18 Oct. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095006999290859>.
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