npsm 새물리 New Physics : Sae Mulli

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New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2020; 70: 766-777

Published online September 29, 2020

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Exploring Changes and Trends in Korea Physics Education Research Based on the Analysis of “New Physics: Sae Mulli” Journal

Kwanghee JO*

Department of Physics Education, Chosun University, Gwangju 61452, Korea


Received: May 31, 2020; Revised: July 16, 2020; Accepted: August 3, 2020


The purpose of this study was to analyze the physics-education-related articles published in the academic journals of “New Physics: Sae Mulli” in the early 2000s and recently, and to explore the characteristics of the changes and the trends in the field of physics education research. The analysis targeted 40 articles published from 2000 to 2002 and 113 papers published from 2017 to 2019. The result of the analysis showed that physics education research has tended to increase over the past 20 years, and that its weight has gradually increased in the journal. In the early 2000s, development research, which suggested experimental tools, for mechanics, for middle school students, was the most representative case. On the other hand, in recent years, the school level of participants has risen, based on pedagogical factors and learner responses. A tendency to turn to research using social science methods was noted. In addition, the participation targets, physics contents, and research methods have been diversified. Based on these results, we discuss some approaches and suggestions for improving the quality of physics education.

Keywords: Physics education, New physics: Sae Mulli, Research trend

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