Interpretation of students' understanding of the concept of weightlessness

Galili, Igal (1995) Interpretation of students' understanding of the concept of weightlessness. Research in Science Education, 25 (1). ISSN 1573-1898

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02356460

Abstract

This study reports on an investigation of students' understanding of the concept of weightlessness among intermediate, high school and college students. It appears possible to interpret this knowledge as being highly influenced by the confusion between two basic physics concepts, weight and gravitational force, which are often equated in a standard physics curriculum. The proposed causal structure of students' knowledge presents a platform for interpreting a cluster of students' alternative ideas about weight and related physical concepts. This platform could guide physics educators in their considerations of appropriate strategies for presenting weight and gravity topics in the classroom.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 19 May 2018 08:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 05:28
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1794

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