Constructing the “Energy” Concept and Its Social Use by Students of Primary Education in Greece

  • Nikos DelegkosEmail author
  • Dimitris Koliopoulos


During the last 30 years or so, in Greece and worldwide too, there has been significant development in research focused on the introduction of the energy concept at several educational levels, as a result of the concept’s scientific importance and the social interest it induces (Domenech et al. 2007; Driver & Millar 1986; Millar 2005; Koliopoulos and Constantinou 2012; Chen et al. 2014; Bächtold 2017). In the late 1970s, the first relevant curricula made their appearance as educational systems in industrial countries reacted to the oil crisis and, more generally, to the energy crisis that had stricken them at the beginning of that decade. At the same time, research groups, spawned mostly from the abruptly expanding field of Science Education, were examining students’ notions and mental representations of the energy concept. Thus, the link between the potential development of innovative teaching interventions aimed at the learners’ cognitive growth and the proper...


Energy Primary education Mental representations Teaching sequence Innovative teaching Constructivist teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious AffairsPatrasGreece
  2. 2.PatrasGreece
  3. 3.Department of Educational Sciences and Early ChildhoodUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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