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ERIC Number: EJ866554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Introduction to Semiconductor Physics in Secondary Education: Evaluation of a Teaching Sequence
Garcia-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana Maria
International Journal of Science Education, v31 n16 p2205-2245 Nov 2009
The present article presents a didactic proposal oriented to teaching notions of semiconductor physics in secondary education. The methods and the results of a pilot study designed to analyse the effectiveness of a teaching sequence on the topic are also described. The subjects were 60 students, aged 14-15 years, of a secondary school in Seville, Spain. The levels of knowledge acquired by the students were evaluated by means of a test and personal interviews, which we also used to detect the most frequent obstacles they encountered against learning. Also, we employed personal interviews and analysis of the students' notebooks to evaluate their attitudes towards semiconductor physics and its learning, and to evaluate the degree to which the teaching sequence fosters cooperative learning and the self-regulation of learning. The results indicated that the students in general acquired ideas and reasoning in the appropriate line, although with some mistakes or inaccuracies with respect to scientific conceptions, and acquired positive attitudes towards the learning of semiconductor physics, with a high degree of motivation during the teaching-learning process. The conclusion is that it is possible to initiate teaching the basic notions of semiconductor physics in secondary education, although it is necessary to continue going deeper into the topic with new research. As a proposal for improvement in future actions, we formulate new objectives oriented at overcoming the students' commonest obstacles against learning with respect to the topic. (Contains 4 tables, 5 figures, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain