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ERIC Number: EJ962699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
The Level of Understanding of the Photoelectric Phenomenon in Prospective Teachers and the Effects of "Writing with Learning" on Their Success Rates
Yildiz, Ali; Buyukkasap, Erdogan
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v11 n4 p2268-2274 Aut 2011
This study examines prospective teachers' levels of understanding the photoelectric effect, and the impact of writing activities for learning purposes on the success of prospective teachers. These prospective teachers study in the science teaching program of the faculty of education and take the course Introduction to Modern Physics. In this study, a semi-experimental design with a "pretest"-"posttest" control group was used. The research data were obtained via a questionnaire comprising qualitative questions prepared by the researchers. In all the groups, the lesson was taught by utilizing the verbal-written lecture method. In addition, each student in the experimental group wrote a letter to a senior high school student to explain the photoelectric effect in an understandable way. On the other hand, students in the control group solved the problems relating to the topic in the course book. A total of 111 third year students studying in the academic year 2007-2008 participated in the study. 54 of these students were female and 57 of them were male. The research findings indicated that prospective teachers have low levels of understanding the photoelectric effect, and qualitative and quantitative comparisons of posttest results of the experimental group and control group, and success percentages in the written examination were in favor of the experimental group. In addition, the opinions of students about writing activities for learning purposes were determined by means of additional questions to the posttest. 91.7% of the students mentioned that they understood the photoelectric effect about which they wrote the letter. These students also stated that this activity helped in their learning of this topic.
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