Investigation of Mental Models of Turkish Pre-Service Physics Students for the Concept of "Spin"


Ozcan O.

EGITIM ARASTIRMALARI-EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.13, no.52, pp.21-36, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 52
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: EGITIM ARASTIRMALARI-EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.21-36
  • Keywords: mental models, modern physics, spin concept, Turkish pre-service physics students, QUANTUM-MECHANICS

Abstract

Problem Statement: Difficulties in the learning process usually emerge from the problem of mental representations constructed by students in their interactions with the world. This previous knowledge and these ideas are in contradiction with scientific facts, and are known as misconceptions or alternative ideas. Thus, an analysis of the mental models can provide very valuable information in understanding students' ideas and learning processes.