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Crogman, Horace; Peters, Raul; TrebeauCrogman, Maryam – European Journal of Physics Education, 2018
Concept inventory (CI) tests are typically used to measure students' general knowledge before and after instruction. We find issue with the current format of these tests, which some researchers claim, measure students' misconceptions, since the answers choices given to students do not consider their prior knowledge. We particularly analyze Force…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Mešic, Vanes; Mahmutovic, Sabaheta; Hasovic, Elvedin; Erceg, Nataša – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
Earlier research has found that it is useful to distinguish situations in which students construct external representations on their own from situations in which they are expected to interpret already provided external representations. One type of representations that is particularly important for teaching mechanics is the free-body diagram. In…
Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Visual Aids, Problem Solving
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Türkmen, Hakan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The purpose of study is to investigate the fifth graders' understandings of the basic astronomy concept and, if they have, to define their misconceptions and then to determine what reason/s behind them. For this purpose, two hundred seventy fifth grade students from 6 different schools participated. Randomly selected 45 students performing under…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Misconceptions
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Tasoglu, Aslihan Kartal; Ates, Özlem; Bakaç, Mustafa – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The purpose of this study is to investigate prospective physics teachers' knowledge of and attitude towards radiation and radioactivity. Participants of this study are 56 prospective physics teachers. A questionnaire related with the knowledge about radiation and radiation fear was conducted. The results of this study showed that most of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Physics
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Luchembe, Dennis; Chinyama, Kaumba; Jumbe, Jack – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
The study was conducted to show the effectiveness of concept mapping as a teaching strategy to undergraduate students taking introductory physics course. A number of researchers have investigated the effectiveness of concept mapping on student academic achievement. The main focus of these studies have been on comparing the effectiveness of concept…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Concept Mapping, Student Attitudes
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Thomas, Gregory P; Meldrum, Al; Beamish, John – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
First-year undergraduate physics laboratories are important physics learning environments. However, there is a lack of empirically informed literature regarding how students perceive their overall laboratory learning experiences. Recipe formats persist as the dominant form of instructional design in these sites, and these formats do not adequately…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Study, Physics, Science Instruction
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Akarsu, Bayram – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
Physics educators around the world often need reliable diagnostic materials to measure students' understanding of physics concept in high school. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new diagnostic tool on High School Optics concept. Test of Conceptual Understanding on High School Optics (TOCUSO) consists of 25 conceptual items that measures…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Science, Optics, Concept Teaching
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Kapucu, Serkan; Yildirim, Ufuk – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to a) investigate prospective physics teachers' views on their knowledge about new physics concepts introduced in Turkish High School Physics Curricula; b) investigate the sources of their acquired knowledge about these new physics concepts; and c) explore if there were differences in views on knowledge about these…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Akarsu, Bayram – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
In present paper, we propose a new diagnostic test to measure students' conceptual knowledge of principles of modern physics topics. Over few decades since born of physics education research (PER), many diagnostic instruments that measure students' conceptual understanding of various topics in physics, the earliest tests developed in PER are Force…
Descriptors: College Students, College Science, Physics, Knowledge Level
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Gok, Tolga – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was not only to report the development process of the studio model, but also to determine the students' perceptions about the studio model. This model retains the large lecture component but combines recitation and laboratory instruction into studio model. This research was based on qualitative analysis. The data of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Student Attitudes, Models
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Zain, Ahmad Nurulazam Md – European Journal of Physics Education, 2010
The research examined the effect of a teaching strategy emphasizing on instructional congruence on students' interests towards learning science. This study was conducted in three "low performing" secondary schools in Penang, Malaysia. There were 214 students involved in this study. A questionnaire was utilized to collect data on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Interests