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Examining the Fringe Series in terms of science concepts and topics: A teaching material suggestion

Yildirim, Ezgi Güven; Önder, Ayşe Nesibe; Önder, İsmail

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The Fringe series is a science fiction production with frequent references to scientific concepts and topics. This study aims to analyse the scientific concepts and topics in the Fringe series and examine them in terms of their appropriateness as a teaching material, particularly for science teacher candidates. This study is a qualitative study. In qualitative research studies, data is collected through observation, interviews, and documents. In this study, document analysis was carried out on the Fringe series as a data collection tool, and the results were discussed in terms of its appropriateness as a teaching material for science subjects. Each episode of the series was watched separately by two different researchers who are experts in their fields. The events and flow in all episodes of the series were examined in terms of sections and dialogues with exemplary references to concepts and subjects in physics, chemistry, and biology. The expert watchers determined the frequency with which the respective concepts and subjects were repeated. The results show that the scientific subjects and concepts covered in the series align with the subjects taught in the education faculties of universities. Therefore, the study proposes that the series can be used as a teaching material to support the learning of science courses, particularly for science teacher candidates. Future research can study other science fiction series and movies in terms of science subjects and concepts, to determine whether they are appropriate for use as teaching materials for science.

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