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Secondary school science teachers’ arguments for the particulate nature of matter
Högskolan i Jönköping, Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, HLK, Praktiknära utbildningsforskning (PUF).ORCID-id: 0000-0003-2199-1627
Högskolan i Jönköping, Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, HLK, Praktiknära utbildningsforskning (PUF).
Högskolan i Jönköping, Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation.
2018 (Engelska)Ingår i: Journal of Research in Science Teaching, ISSN 0022-4308, E-ISSN 1098-2736, Vol. 55, nr 4, s. 503-525Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
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How do secondary school science teachers justify the model of a particulate nature of matter, and how do the arguments they use relate to historical arguments? To find out, we individually interviewed 11 in-service secondary school science teachers (certified to teach chemistry and/or physics in secondary school, and with 2–30 years of teaching experience) regarding their arguments for the particulate nature of matter and experiments that could demonstrate the existence of particles. The collected data were qualitatively analyzed. Three qualitatively different categories of arguments could be constructed from data: philosophical argumentsindirect experimental arguments, and direct experimental arguments. The indirect experimental arguments, which is the largest category, could be further divided into qualitatively different subcategories: non-specific research and experiments, and chemical, physical and subatomic experiments. Even though several experiments and arguments were suggested by the informants in our study, the arguments regarding the validity of the experiments were quite uncertain and vague. The experiments and arguments were used to corroborate the particulate nature of matter and taken for granted in advance rather than used to justify a model with particles. The outcome was discussed in relation to scientific arguments and experiments and in view of results from previous science education research. Based on our data, teacher education and in-service teacher training, as well as teacher guides, were suggested to be more elaborate regarding contemporary knowledge, with direct experimental evidence for the particulate nature of matter being presented. 

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 55, nr 4, s. 503-525
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chemistry education, particulate nature of matter, secondary school, teachers’ arguments
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38456DOI: 10.1002/tea.21428ISI: 000427126100002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034215273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-38456DiVA, id: diva2:1172972
Tillgänglig från: 2018-01-11 Skapad: 2018-01-11 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-06-28Bibliografiskt granskad

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