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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by David Woitkowski, Leonie Rochell, and Anna B. Bauer
Learning about the nature of science is an important aspect of becoming part of the culture of practicing physicists. While these topics have a long-standing tradition in U.S. curricula they are currently not part of German educational standards or curricula. And while there is some research concerning primary and secondary school students' beliefs in this area, there are hardly any data about German university students. In this study we query 100 physics students in their first to fifth semester at a German university for their views of nature of science. We then compare them to a sample of physics professors at German universities from an earlier study. The students exhibit quite adequate views in some areas but could improve on their knowledge of the variability of scientific methods and the tentativeness and limited certainty of scientific knowledge--two issues they have in common with the professors. If we interpret the sample longitudinally, we see positive development in the first but worsening in the latter area.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 010118
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010118
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empiricism, nature of science, physics beliefs, physics identity, scientific investigation, scientific method
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D. Woitkowski, L. Rochell, and A. Bauer, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (1), 010118 (2021), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010118).
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D. Woitkowski, L. Rochell, and A. Bauer, German university students’ views of nature of science in the introductory phase, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (1), 010118 (2021), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010118>.
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Woitkowski, D., Rochell, L., & Bauer, A. (2021, March 15). German university students’ views of nature of science in the introductory phase. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 17(1), 010118. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010118
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Woitkowski, D, L. Rochell, and A. Bauer. "German university students’ views of nature of science in the introductory phase." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, no. 1, (March 15, 2021): 010118, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010118 (accessed 27 May 2024).
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Woitkowski, David, Leonie Rochell, and Anna B. Bauer. "German university students’ views of nature of science in the introductory phase." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17.1 (2021): 010118. 27 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010118>.
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