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Teaching the wave-particle duality to secondary school students : an analysis of the Dutch context

Vilarta Rodriguez, Luiza (2018) Teaching the wave-particle duality to secondary school students : an analysis of the Dutch context.

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Abstract:Quantum mechanics (QM) is a fundamental, yet complex theory of Physics. Because of its importance, learning QM has become a standard practice in universities and, more recently, high schools. However, research shows that students in both levels have difficulty to develop a quantum way of thinking, stressing the need for teaching sequences which focus on effective conceptual change practices. In the Netherlands, QM was recently added to the secondary school curriculum, raising the need for research about QM teaching in this context. Therefore, this study focused on answering: What is the current state of instruction on the wave-particle duality in Dutch secondary schools and how to promote the process of conceptual change in such context? For that, the first phase of a design-based research was conducted. The results comprise the current practices from teachers, approaches from school books, insights from literature, and remarks on Dutch students’ understanding about the wave-particle duality. These results revealed deficiencies in the analysed educational practices, provided suggestions on how to resolve them, and offered input for future researches. Additionally, the results aid teachers and developers of instructional materials, who can find in this study a compilation of suggestions for improving instruction on the wave-particle duality.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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