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ERIC Number: ED595370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1813-2227
An Evaluation of the Effect of the Improvised Experiments on Student-Teachers' Conception of Static Electricity
Kizito, Ndihokubwayo; Kinya, Shimizu; Hideo, Ikeda; Takuya, Baba
Online Submission, LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research v16 n1 p55-73 2019
This study is investigating the student-teachers' conception of static electricity in Rwandan teacher training colleges. The study used a pre- and post-intervention design, where two groups of students were randomly assigned in two groups. Along a period of four weeks, one group was taught using the traditional method (TRAD) while another using improvised experiment (IME) method. The student-teachers were given a test before teaching while after teaching the same test was administered to both groups. The study was not interested in testing student-teachers' achievement rather the conception of static electricity. The test was composed of six item questions and their answers were coded as "out of the topic, unrelated information and opposite answers". After performing pre-test, student-teachers showed confusions related to non-mastery of content and alternative conceptions related to static electricity and magnetism. Though about 27 per cent and 17 per cent of student-teachers in TRAD and IME respectively, reduced the gaps in their confusion after getting teaching intervention, however, there was found to be no statistically significant difference (p>0.05 at df=10) in all of the item questions between these teaching methods in favour of IME. Four item questions showed an improvement while student-teachers developed more conceptual confusions in other two item questions. Not only examining student-teachers' conception in static electricity but also teachers were recommended to be aware of students' ideas, opinions and confusions prior to their lesson planning, teaching materials preparation, as well as teaching implementation.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rwanda