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Nature of science was modeled using guided inquiry activities in the university classroom with elementary education majors. A physical science content course initially used an Aristotelian model where students discussed the relationship between distance from a constant radiation source and the amount of radiation received based on accepted "truths" or principles and concluded that there was an inverse relationship. The class became Galilean in nature, using the scientific method to test that hypothesis. Examining data, the class rejected their hypothesis and concluded that there is an inverse square relationship. Assignments, given before and after the hypothesis testing, show the student's misconceptions and their acceptance of scientifically acceptable conceptions. Answers on exam questions further support this conceptual change. Students spent less class time on the inverse square relationship later when examining electrostatic force, magnetic force, gravity, and planetary solar radiation because the students related this particular experience to other physical relationships.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 69-72
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
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10.1063/1.2508693
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01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
01.40.eg
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PERC 2006, elementary education, guided inquiry, nature of science, teacher training, teaching methods
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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P. Ashcraft, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5239&DocID=2100).
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P. Ashcraft, Modeling Aspects of Nature of Science to Preservice Elementary Teachers presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5239&DocID=2100>.
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Ashcraft, P. (2006, July 26-27). Modeling Aspects of Nature of Science to Preservice Elementary Teachers. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5239&DocID=2100
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Ashcraft, Paul. "Modeling Aspects of Nature of Science to Preservice Elementary Teachers." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5239&DocID=2100 (accessed 16 April 2014).
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Ashcraft, Paul. "Modeling Aspects of Nature of Science to Preservice Elementary Teachers." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 69-72 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 16 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5239&DocID=2100>.
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