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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Bing Wei, Chengran Wang, and Lihua Tan
Visual representation in school textbooks plays an important role for physics teaching and learning. The integration of graphics with text has drawn attention of physics educators in recent years due to the close relationship between graphics and relevant text. The purpose of this study is to examine visual representation of optical content in three physics textbooks commonly used in China and Singapore. Based on a revised version of graphical analysis protocol, this study focuses on two aspects of visual representation: (i) presentation of graphics, and (ii) integration of graphics with corresponding text. The content analysis approach was adopted as the research methodology with 115 graphics taken from the three physics textbooks being the analysis target. The results show that the three textbooks had considerable differences in terms of graphical presentations and that they contained a small percentage of high systematical representations. On integration of graphics with text, each textbook was found to be unique. Based on the results of this study, some recommendations are provided for visual representation in physics textbooks so as to enhance the effectiveness of textbooks on teaching and learning, such as highlighting physical and semantic integration of text with graphics.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 020138
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- Communication
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= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Frameworks
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= Evaluation
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020138
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Chinese textbook analysis, Singapore textbook analysis, graphical analysis, mental models, multiple representations, optics representations, schema, systematical representations, textbook graphics, visualization
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B. Wei, C. Wang, and L. Tan, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (2), 020138 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020138).
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B. Wei, C. Wang, and L. Tan, Visual representation of optical content in China’s and Singapore’s junior secondary physics textbooks, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (2), 020138 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020138>.
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Wei, B., Wang, C., & Tan, L. (2022, November 28). Visual representation of optical content in China’s and Singapore’s junior secondary physics textbooks. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(2), 020138. Retrieved April 20, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020138
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Wei, B, C. Wang, and L. Tan. "Visual representation of optical content in China’s and Singapore’s junior secondary physics textbooks." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 2, (November 28, 2022): 020138, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020138 (accessed 20 April 2024).
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Wei, Bing, Chengran Wang, and Lihua Tan. "Visual representation of optical content in China’s and Singapore’s junior secondary physics textbooks." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.2 (2022): 020138. 20 Apr. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.020138>.
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