OTERO Maria Rita
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Teaching the basic concepts of the Special Relativity in the secondary school in the framework of the Theory of Conceptual Fields of Vergnaud
OTERO, M. R.; ARLEGO, M.; PRODANOFF, F.
Conferencia; GIREP-MPTL International Conference on Teaching/Learning Physics: Integrating Research into Practice; 2014
Universidad de Palermo-GIREP
Abstract: In this work, we investigate the conceptualization of basic aspects of Special Relativity (SR) at secondary school level. Despite its importance, research on this topic has been limited, although it is worth mentioning in this direction the works of Saltiel, 1980; Hewson, 1982; Posner, 1982; Villani & Arruda, 1998, Pietrocola, 1999; de Hodson, 2013. In our case we have conducted our research along the lines of the Theory of Conceptual Fields (TCF) proposed by Vergnaud (Vergnaud, 2013). It consisted in the design, implementation and evaluation of a didactic sequence specially elaborated to conceptualize the basic aspects of SR. The proposal is composed by eight situations, complemented with a set of exercises. It was carried out in two classrooms with students of the last year of secondary level (17 years old). N=(43) The conceptualization was analyzed in a classroom context, where the selected situations are essential to promote the emergence of the relevant concepts.