27 September 2010 to 1 October 2010
CSIR Convention Centre
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

The cognitive refinement model for learning physics

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CSIR Convention Centre

CSIR Convention Centre

CSIR, Pretoria
Presentation Track E - Physics Education


Mr Nico Lemmer (North-West University (Potchefstroom))


Alternative conceptions are a perennial problem in physics education. The problem can be approached from different historically predominant theoretical frameworks, e.g. the empirist-behaviorist and constructivist frameworks. A hypothesis of the learning process in physics is proposed, termed the cognitive refinement model. It identifies three levels of learning, viz. perceptual, conceptual and formal. Its implications for the physics curriculum are discussed with illustrative examples emanating from physics education research.

Primary authors

Dr Miriam Lemmer (North-West University (Potchefstroom)) Mr Nico Lemmer (North-West University (Potchefstroom))

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