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ERIC Number: EJ856995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0263-5143
A Stratified Study of Students' Understanding of Basic Optics Concepts in Different Contexts Using Two-Tier Multiple-Choice Items
Chu, Hye-Eun; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.
Research in Science & Technological Education, v27 n3 p253-265 Nov 2009
A large scale study involving 1786 year 7-10 Korean students from three school districts in Seoul was undertaken to evaluate their understanding of basic optics concepts using a two-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument consisting of four pairs of items, each of which evaluated the same concept in two different contexts. The instrument, which proved to be reliable, helped identify several context-dependent alternative conceptions that were held by about 25% of students. At the same time, students' performance on the diagnostic test correlated with the location of the schools, students' achievement in school science and their attitudes to science learning. However, students' grade levels had limited influence on their understanding of basic concepts in optics as measured by the instrument. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea (Seoul)