Research in Science Education

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 383–394 | Cite as

Student-centred instruction and learning processes in physics

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Abstract

During the 1970s, student-centred instruction—that is, “play orientation in physics education” (Spielorientierter Unterricht)—was at the centre of curriculum development at the Institute of Physics Education in Bremen. During the past decade, we investigated this kind of instruction with a particular focus on students' learning processes using a situated cognition perspective. Our research group at the Institute conducted several empirical studies of physics learning for different age groups. The aim of these case studies was to construct detailed understandings of how individual learning processes unfold. On the basis of these studies, we attempt to design physics lessons more effectively than they have been in the past. This paper exemplifies our approach providing information about the theoretical and methodological frameworks, the main outcomes of our studies; and reflections about the possibilities for “more effective” student-centred instruction.

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Learning Process Physic Education Conceptual Change Curriculum Development Plastic Film 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physics EducationUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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