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Abstract Title: Investigating Students Understanding Early Atom models via Model-Based Inquiry
Abstract: This research is part of a larger study that examines students' cognitive structures and reasoning of fundamental quantum mechanics concepts as they engage in a model-based inquiry instruction. In this research, I investigated how undergraduate freshmen level students' cognitive understanding about atomic structure and behavior of electrons evolve when they were encouraged pursuing early scientists' approach. Individuals constructed their knowledge and developed models to represent their understanding as they share ideas and communicate with others. A model-based framework for this project was adopted along with history and philosophy of science (HPS) in science education to facilitate students to acquire comprehensive understanding as well as develop interest in science learning. With hands on materials and computer-based simulations, students had a chance to imitate Thomson and Rutherford experiments. By doing that, they were also encouraged to think how technological equipment and philosophical and historical background in early nineties affected scientists' discoveries.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tugba Yuksel
PhD Candidate
525 Northwestern Avenue
Department of Physics and Astronomy
West lafayette, IN 47905
Phone: 7655863115
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lynn Bryan