ERIC Number: EJ1162319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Using the Method of Dominant Incorrect Answers with the FCI Test to Diagnose Misconceptions Held by First Year College Students
Bani-Salameh, Hisham N.
Physics Education, v52 n1 Article 015006 Jan 2017
We started this work with the goal of detecting misconceptions held by our students about force and motion. A total of 341 students participated in this study by taking the force concept inventory (FCI) test both before and after receiving instructions about force or motion. The data from this study were analysed using different statistical techniques with results from frequencies and the dominant incorrect answer reported in this paper. All misconceptions reported in the original paper of the designers of the FCI test (Hestenes "et al" 1992 "Phys. Teach." 30 141-58) were examined and the results are reported. Only pre test results are reported in this paper leaving post data for future work. We used the modified version of the FCI containing 30 questions and therefore used the revised list of misconceptions. Problems with impetus and active force are among the most dominant ones found with the full list reported in this paper.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Misconceptions, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, College Science, Science Instruction, Pretests Posttests
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