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ERIC Number: EJ1177965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1029-8457
Analysis of South African Grade 10 Learners' Conceptual Resources Regarding the Concept of Energy in Physics
Lemmer, Miriam
African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, v15 n1 p4-17 2011
More than a thousand Grade 10 Physical Science learners from four South African provinces participated in a study that probed their conceptions of energy. The purpose was to determine the learners' conceptual resources, i.e. their initial conceptions, and identify the potentially productive resources from which they may construct physics concepts. The conceptions revealed by the learners in their responses to a questionnaire were categorised as core intuitive, implicit, conscious or verbal-symbolic. Notwithstanding learning the curriculum theme Energy and Change in their preceding school years, the results show that many of the learners have not yet mastered the concept of energy and related concepts ontologically well enough for progression to formal physics in the FET phase. However, their initial conceptions contain resources that can be refined to the science concepts. Implications and recommendations for learning and teaching in the FET phase are discussed in the framework of the conceptual refinement model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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