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Using historical models for science education: a case study on the rainbow

Albrecht Heeffer UGent (2012) 4th KKU international engineering conference 2012, Proceedings. p.893-897
abstract
In this paper we argue for the integration of history of science in science education. Important scientific discoveries from the early seventeenth century depended on the careful choice of suitable models for the analysis of natural phenomena. We will look at the historical strategies in which models were chosen from the mixed sciences, engineering and technology that were adequate for an analysis of the specific phenomena under investigation. We will discuss Descartes’ analysis of the rainbow in the eight discourse of his Meteorology from 1637 as an example of carefully selected models for physico-mathematical reasoning. The very same models that were used for the discovery of the new laws of nature can be employed for the teaching of the physical laws involved. This approach allows students to ‘rediscover’ the principles behind the rainbow of double refraction and single reflection and the nature of color separation.
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publication status
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subject
keyword
Science education, models, rainbow
in
4th KKU international engineering conference 2012, Proceedings
editor
Somnuk Theerakulpisut
pages
893 - 897
publisher
Khon Kaen University
place of publication
Khon Kaen, Thailand
conference name
4th KKU International Engineering Conference 2012 (KKU-IENC - 2012) : driving together towards ASEAN Economic Community
conference location
Khon Kaen, Thailand
conference start
2012-05-10
conference end
2012-05-12
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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2106990
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2106990
date created
2012-05-15 11:59:45
date last changed
2012-05-16 10:47:43
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  abstract     = {In this paper we argue for the integration of history of science in science education. Important scientific discoveries from the early seventeenth century depended on the careful choice of suitable models for the analysis of natural phenomena. We will look at the historical strategies in which models were chosen from the mixed sciences, engineering and technology that were adequate for an analysis of the specific phenomena under investigation. We will discuss Descartes{\textquoteright} analysis of the rainbow in the eight discourse of his Meteorology from 1637 as an example of carefully selected models for physico-mathematical reasoning. The very same models that were used for the discovery of the new laws of nature can be employed for the teaching of the physical laws involved. This approach allows students to {\textquoteleft}rediscover{\textquoteright} the principles behind the rainbow of double refraction and single reflection and the nature of color separation.},
  author       = {Heeffer, Albrecht},
  booktitle    = {4th KKU international engineering conference 2012, Proceedings},
  editor       = {Theerakulpisut, Somnuk},
  keyword      = {Science education,models,rainbow},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Khon Kaen, Thailand},
  pages        = {893--897},
  publisher    = {Khon Kaen University},
  title        = {Using historical models for science education: a case study on the rainbow},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Heeffer, Albrecht. 2012. “Using Historical Models for Science Education: a Case Study on the Rainbow.” In 4th KKU International Engineering Conference 2012, Proceedings, ed. Somnuk Theerakulpisut, 893–897. Khon Kaen, Thailand: Khon Kaen University.
APA
Heeffer, A. (2012). Using historical models for science education: a case study on the rainbow. In S. Theerakulpisut (Ed.), 4th KKU international engineering conference 2012, Proceedings (pp. 893–897). Presented at the 4th KKU International Engineering Conference 2012 (KKU-IENC - 2012) : driving together towards ASEAN Economic Community, Khon Kaen, Thailand: Khon Kaen University.
Vancouver
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Heeffer A. Using historical models for science education: a case study on the rainbow. In: Theerakulpisut S, editor. 4th KKU international engineering conference 2012, Proceedings. Khon Kaen, Thailand: Khon Kaen University; 2012. p. 893–7.
MLA
Heeffer, Albrecht. “Using Historical Models for Science Education: a Case Study on the Rainbow.” 4th KKU International Engineering Conference 2012, Proceedings. Ed. Somnuk Theerakulpisut. Khon Kaen, Thailand: Khon Kaen University, 2012. 893–897. Print.