High School Physics Students’ Personal Epistemologies and School Science Practice Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. This case study explores students’ physics-related personal epistemologies in school science practices. The school science practices of nine eleventh grade students in a physics class were audio-taped over 6 weeks. The students were also interviewed to find out their ideas on the nature of scientific knowledge after each activity. Analysis of transcripts yielded several epistemological resources that students activated in their school science practice. The findings show that there is inconsistency between students’ definitions of scientific theories and their epistemological judgments. Analysis revealed that students used several epistemological resources to decide on the accuracy of their data including accuracy via following the right procedure and accuracy via what the others find. Traditional, formulation-based, physics instruction might have led students to activate naive epistemological resources that prevent them to participate in the practice of science in ways that are more meaningful. Implications for future studies are presented.

published proceedings

  • Science & Education

altmetric score

  • 2.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Alpaslan, M. M., Yalvac, B., & Loving, C

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Alpaslan, Muhammet Mustafa||Yalvac, Bugrahan||Loving, Cathleen

publication date

  • October 2017