Year 12 students' mental models of the nature of light

Hubber, Peter 2006, Year 12 students' mental models of the nature of light, in GIREP 2006 : Modelling in physics and physics education : GIREP Conference 2006 : August 20 – 25, Amsterdam, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 355-361.

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Title Year 12 students' mental models of the nature of light
Author(s) Hubber, Peter
Conference name Groupe Internationale de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique (GIREP). Conference (2006 : Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Conference location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference dates 20-25 Aug. 2006
Title of proceedings GIREP 2006 : Modelling in physics and physics education : GIREP Conference 2006 : August 20 – 25, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Editor(s) van den Berg, Ed
Ellermeijer, Ton
Slooten, Onne
Publication date 2006
Conference series Groupe Internationale de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique (GIREP) Conference
Start page 355
End page 361
Total pages 7
Publisher University of Amsterdam
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Summary This paper reports on the third year of a three-year longitudinal investigation into six Year 10 secondary students’ understanding of optics at a secondary school level. During the first two years of the study the students’ understanding of geometrical optics was explored with the adoption of constructivist teaching and learning strategies. The students' understanding of geometrical optics following the Year 11 teaching stage then formed the basis of exploration of their mental models of the nature of light. This exploration occurred before, during and following a Year 12 teaching stage where the students studied physical optics and quantum ideas. Before the Year 12 teaching stage the students had constructed mental models of light that related to their understanding of a ray. Over the Year 12 teaching stage the students’ mental models changed to conceptualizations of a photon. There was evidence in the students’ mental models of a hybridization of the particle and wave scientific models. That is, they conceptualized the photon as having both wave and particle characteristics. The variation in the students’ hybrid models also suggested a variation in the way they conceived of the nature of scientific models.
ISBN 9789057761775
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, University of Amsterdam
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014800

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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