ERIC Number: ED180829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Learning of Classical Mechanics.
Champagne, Audrey B.; And Others
Beginning college physics students' misconceptions about moving objects, their mathematics skills, and formal reasoning ability, are all believed to be related to their achievement in physics. It is hypothesized that students whose knowledge structures include misconceptions that are in conflict with concepts in the lectures and text will have difficulty in learning classical mechanics. Multiple regression analysis of scores on tests of mathematics skills and formal reasoning ability confirmed that no linear relationship exists between these independent variables and scores on a classical mechanics exam. However, an index of misconceptions about moving objects accounts for greater variance in classical mechanics exam scores. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 8-12, 1979); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document