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ERIC Number: EJ1115599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1306-3065
Evaluation of Students' Energy Conception in Environmental Science
Park, Mihwa; Johnson, Joseph A.
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v11 n12 p5572-5590 2016
While significant research has been conducted on students' conceptions of energy, alternative conceptions of energy have not been actively explored in the area of environmental science. The purpose of this study is to examine students' alternative conceptions in the environmental science discipline through the analysis of responses of first year college students in the U.S. (N = 86) to an environmental science energy test. Each item in the test consists of a multiple choice question followed by an open-ended question asking students to justify their choice for the multiple choice question. Students' written responses were analyzed using an open-coding method. Results showed several alternative conceptions regarding each of the various energy aspects within the environmental science discipline. The findings of this study can potentially guide the development environmental science curriculum, particularly in regard to teaching the energy concept.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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