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Metamodelling Messages Conveyed in Five Statistical Mechanical Textbooks from 1936 to 2001


Niss, Martin


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Abstract Modelling is a significant aspect of doing physics and it is important how this activity is taught. This paper focuses on the explicit or implicit messages about modelling conveyed to the student in the treatments of phase transitions in statistical mechanics textbooks at beginning graduate level. Five textbooks from the 1930s to the present are analysed with respect to their messages about the following issues: What is a good model? What is the purpose of modelling? What does it mean to understand a natural phenomenon? It is argued that these texts give the student quite different perceptions of these issues and thus what of it means to do physics.
Klassifikation Unterricht, Didaktik
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2009
Seitenangabe S. 697-719
Zeitschriftentitel International Journal of Science Education, 31 (2009) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690701753836
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)