ERIC Number: ED421341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-15
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Students' Beliefs, Attitudes, and Conceptual Change in a Traditional High School Physics Classroom.
Adams, April Dean; Chiappetta, Eugene L.
This study investigates the relationships between student beliefs about the nature of science, student attitudes, and conceptual change about the nature of forces in a traditional high school physics classroom. Students (N=28) in the study were junior-level high school honors students in an introductory physics class. The physics instruction was integrated with pre-calculus. In this naturalistic study, data sources included videotape of seven weeks of instruction; analysis of videotapes using the Secondary Teacher Analysis Matrix; field notes; pretest and posttest assessments with the Force Concept Inventory; student responses from the Views on Science-Technology-Society questionnaire, the Questionnaire for the Assessment of a Science Course, and the Constructivist Learning Survey; student interviews; and teacher interviews. This study concluded that students do not think that physics is relevant to their everyday experiences, high conceptual change students are more likely to have a logical world view, and high conceptual change students are able to develop internally consistent understanding of content. (Contains 32 references.) (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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