This study investigates the mental models that people construct about magnetic phenomena. The project involved students, physics teachers, engineers, and practitioners. The researchers propose five models following a progression from simple description to a field model. Contains 28 references.
Keywords:Brazil,Informal Education,NSDL,Electricity,Education Foundations,Secondary Education,Great Britain,Foreign Countries,Physics Education Research,Constructivism (Learning),General Physics,Social Sciences,Graduate/Professional,Models,Cognitive Processes,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003063321037T,High School,Life Science,Concept Formation,Higher Education,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Cognition,History/Policy/Law,Physics,Engineers,Electromagnetic Theory,Science Teachers,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Magnets,Education