UNDERSTANDING THE PHOTON CONCEPT AND THE QUANTUM NATURE OF LIGHT: A CASE STUDY OF LEARNING DURING AN INSTRUCTIONAL UNIT DESIGNED FOR STUDENT TEACHERS

TitleUNDERSTANDING THE PHOTON CONCEPT AND THE QUANTUM NATURE OF LIGHT: A CASE STUDY OF LEARNING DURING AN INSTRUCTIONAL UNIT DESIGNED FOR STUDENT TEACHERS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKoponen, IT, Heikkinen, MH
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume4
Issue2
Start Page46-54
Date PublishedOctober/2005
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 452550
Keywordshistory of physics, modern physics, teacher education
Abstract

Many teachers in upper secondary school find that teaching about the quantum nature of light and the photon concept is a demanding and difficult task, and that the university level instruction gives little if any support to overcome these difficulties. An instructional unit, which uses classical analogies in supporting the formation of new concepts and ideas, has been developed in order to help student teachers to acquire better qualitative understanding about the quantum nature of light and the photon concept. It is shown, that by using this approach, good learning results are obtained and student teachers develop physically sound conceptions of the quantum nature of light and the photon concept.

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Refereed DesignationRefereed