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Title: Investigating Primary and Secondary Students Learning of Physics Concepts in Taiwan
Authors: Huey-Por Chang;Jun-Yi Chen;Chorng-Jee Guo;Chung-Chih Chen;Ching-Yi Chang;Shean-Huei Lin;Wei-Jou Su;Kuen-Der Lain;Shun-Yi Hsu;Jang-Long Lin;Chin-Chang Chen;Yi-Ting Cheng;Loung-Shyi Wang;Yaw-Teng Tseng
Contributors: 物理學系
Keywords: Misconception;Physics conception
Date: 2007-03
Issue Date: 2011-05-29T06:40:25Z
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: The purpose of this 4-year research study was to develop paper-and-pencil tests that could be
administered to a wide range of students in order to establish a database about students’ physics
conceptions from elementary school to high school levels in Taiwan. The students’ misconceptions
of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat, sound and wave, and optics were diagnosed.
In the beginning of this study, we extensively reviewed the research literature on related conceptions.
With the use of concept maps and related propositional statements, we also interviewed
some students to find out their conceptual understanding of the selected key concepts. These data
provided sufficient information about students’ thoughts of several concepts. Through a process
of developing two-tier test items, nine versions of physics questionnaires were obtained. More
than 13,000 students were randomly sampled in a national survey. After data analysis, the results
indicated that students’ misconceptions in physics such as the image formed by lenses and mirrors
and the torque and rotational motion were consistent with their ages. However, in some cases,
such as the current in an electric circuit, students’ understandings of concepts did not improve
with age.
Relation: International Journal of Science Education, 29(4):465-482
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