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Hairan, Abdul Manan; Abdullah, Nazlinda; Husin, Abu Hassan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
In this paper, the level of conceptual understanding of Newtonian mechanics among Afghan school and university students in Kabul, Afghanistan was investigated. This study employed a quantitative descriptive survey method where the Pashto version of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) was given to a random sample of 216 students from two schools and…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Physics
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Dega, Bekele Gashe – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
Students' responses to energy & momentum (EM) concepts were investigated. EM concepts are fundamental and crosscutting in physics. A standardized Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EMCS) test were used to collect quantitative data from 108 first year science students enrolled in a university in Ethiopia. Concentration analysis was used to…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Energy, Physics, College Freshmen
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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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Önder, Fatih; Senyigit, Çigdem; Silay, Ilhan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
In this study, it is aimed to determine effects of pre-service elementary school teachers' misconceptions about short circuit and open circuit on their ability to set up simple electric circuits. The sample of the research is composed of 41 teacher candidates studying at Dokuz Eylul University. Open-ended questions and semi-structured interview…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Preservice Teachers
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Turgut, Umit; Colak, Alp; Salar, Riza – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the course materials developed in accordance with 7E model in the unit of electromagnetism in high school physics class on students' conceptual success. The present study was conducted with a total of 52 11th grade students in two separate classrooms at a high school. The action research…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Yildiz, Ali – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The purpose of this study is to discuss a wrong statement written about dimensional analysis in a physics text book prepared for the students who are studying in science, engineering and teaching undergraduate programs at universities and who have to take compulsory physics courses, to analyse the use of the text book including the wrong…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Textbooks, Textbook Content
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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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Bulbul, Mustafa Sahin; Garip, Belkis; Özdemir, Ömer Faruk – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
This paper reports on a study to determine whether blind students' conceptualizations of force and motion differ from sighted students. This is particularly concerned with the question of whether the students' visual experiences have any relation to their conceptualizations or misconceptualization about force and motion. The research was designed…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Visual Impairments, Blindness
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Bektas, Oktay – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
This study investigated pre-service science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge in the physics, chemistry, and biology topics. These topics were the light and sound, the physical and chemical changes, and reproduction, growth, and evolution. Qualitative research design was utilized. Data were collected from 33 pre-service science teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry
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Montecinos, Alicia M. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
A partially unusual behaviour was found among 14 sophomore students of civil engineering who took a pre test for a free fall laboratory session, in the context of a general mechanics course. An analysis contemplating mathematics models and physics models consistency was made. In all cases, the students presented evidence favoring a correct free…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Civil Engineering, Graphs, Pretesting
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Kariper, I. Afsin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
Most of countries are trying to develop their education systems. Since the new generations are their future, they want to give a good education. So they have the biggest objective of their educational system to educate modern, productive responsible, qualified and educated people who also take side of solutions instead of problems. The educated…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Chemistry
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Stamenkovski, Sasha; Zajkov, Oliver – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
This research is conducted among 65 seventh graders (12-14 years old) who attend introductory course on physics. Tests and interviews are used to trace the roots of the students' misconceptions about mass. Results from the research reveal serious weaknesses in students' understanding of concept of mass, and its confusion with concepts of density…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Introductory Courses, Physics, Science Instruction
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Garcia Trujillo, Luis Antonio; Ramirez Díaz, Mario H.; Rodriguez Castillo, Mario – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
Solving the position of a simple pendulum at any time is apparently one of the most simple and basic problems to solve in high school and college physics courses. However, because of this apparent simplicity, teachers and physics texts often assume that the solution is immediate without pausing to reflect on the problem formulation or verifying…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mexicans, Science Teachers, Misconceptions
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Sinha, Somnath; Hanuscin, Deborah; Rebello, Carina; Muslu, Nilay; Cheng, Ya-Wen – European Journal of Physics Education, 2012
"Leadership in Freshman Physics" is an NSF-funded professional development program designed to support 9th grade teacher leaders in the successful implementation of a "Physics First" or curriculum sequence that places physics prior to biology and chemistry. Leadership is viewed as an essential component in the initial success…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Misconceptions, Faculty Development, Capacity Building
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Slisko, Josip; Hadzibegovic, Zalkida – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
Since long time ago, many authors advocated for more presence of physics history in physics teaching and learning in order to give students a better vision of the "nature of science", in other words, to let them learn not only established physics knowledge but also the ways of how physicists managed to get that knowledge. Generally,…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Physics, Science Instruction, Science History
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