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The Possibility and Direction of Developing New General Physics Textbook: Focused on Features of ‘Structure of the Atom' Unit in Leon Cooper's General Physics Textbook
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2019; 69: 737~749
Published online July 31, 2019;
© 2019 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Sangwoon KWON*, Gyoungho LEE

Department of Physics Education, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
Correspondence to:
Received February 20, 2019; Revised May 24, 2019; Accepted June 18, 2019.
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Universites should endeavor, as educational institutions, to improve the quality of education, and research with a focus on better lectures and teaching \& learning is needed. However, in university physics education, the organizations of physics contents or physics textbooks are rarely studied relatively. In this context, we conducted this study with a focus on university physics education, especially general physics textbooks. The purpose of this study, as a foundational study, was to analyze the features of Leon Cooper's general physics textbook and to explore new possibilities for general physics textbook. We tried to find distinguishing features from contents of the `Structure of the Atom' chapter in Cooper's textbook by using a ground theory method. As a result, the features of Cooper's textbook show: 1) relations among nature, human beings and physics, 2) the contexts and the meanings of physics, 3) the process for developing physics theories, and 4) new writing styles. These features implicate very important intrinsic values of physics education that had previously been overlooked, such as, understanding the nature process and comprehending the meaning and the structure of physics.
PACS numbers: 01.40.Fk
Keywords: University physics education, General physics textbook, Leon Cooper's textbook, Atomic structure

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