Title

The Concepts of Heat and Temperature: The Problem of Determining the Content for the Construction of an Historical Case Study which is Sensitive to Nature of Science Issues and Teaching–Learning Issues

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Early Online Version

7-13-2006

Journal

Science and Education

Volume Number

17

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

75-114

ISSN

0926-7220

Embargo Period

1-12-2009

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

Historical case studies of scientific concepts are a useful medium for showing how scientific ideas originate and how they change over time. They are thus a useful tool for conveying knowledge about the nature of science. This paper focuses on the concepts of heat and temperature and discusses some issues related to choosing the content for a historical case study which incorporates not only nature of science perspectives but understandings related to what we know about the teaching and learning of these concepts. The case study is designed for first-year university chemistry students as an introduction to their study of thermodynamics. The paper includes a general chemistry textbook analysis of the heat and temperature concepts and a discussion of the caloric theory of heat, thermometry, and a brief survey of how the energy concept transformed our understanding of heat and temperature. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11191-006-9040-z

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