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ERIC Number: ED389528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-27
Pages: 22
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Learning Difficulty in Applying Notion of Vector in Physics among "A" Level Students in Singapore.
Chia, Teck-Chee
Many high school and college students experience serious difficulties in understanding as well as applying fundamental concepts in physics. The study reported in this paper focused on the difficulties in learning about vectors in physics and strategies for making the teaching of vectors more interesting and meaningful for students. Specifically, the study aimed at: developing instructional materials for linking the notion of vectors, especially composition of vectors and resolution of a vector, with the real Physics world; planning appropriate demonstrations in conjunction with the Prediction-Demonstration-Explanation (PDE) teaching method to highlight the meaningful applications of the notion of vectors in daily phenomena as well as to make the learning of vector concepts and rules more interesting for students; and exploring the effectiveness of the use of the PDE method in helping students grasp the notion of vectors. The sample consisted of 94 junior college students divided into an experimental and a control group who took pre- and post-tests. The results indicate that students in the experimental group, who were taught by the Prediction-Demonstration-Explanation method, showed a better improvement in performance on the tests than students in the control group. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore