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ERIC Number: EJ997357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Omani Twelfth Grade Students' Most Common Misconceptions in Chemistry
Al-Balushi, Sulaiman M.; Ambusaidi, Abdullah K.; Al-Shuaili, Ali H.; Taylor, Neil
Science Education International, v23 n3 p221-240 Sep 2012
The current study, undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman, explored twelfth grade students' common misconceptions in seven chemistry conceptual areas. The sample included 786 twelfth grade students in Oman while the instrument was a two-tier test called Chemistry Misconceptions Diagnostic Test (CMDT), consisting of 25 items with 12 items incorporating visual representations and eight items used sub-microscopic representations. In addition, nine items required participants to study the visual diagram(s) in order to answer the questions. The results confirmed several misconceptions that had been identified in previous studies, as higher percentages of the misconceptions were recorded compared to the findings of previous studies. Misconceptions receiving the highest percentages were associated with combustion, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The results also indicated that twelfth graders had a difficulty dealing with visual test items. These findings are serious alerts to the practice of chemistry education at the secondary level in Oman. Recommendations are given to improve the teaching of chemistry by taking research-diagnosed misconceptions into account when designing instructional materials and classroom activities. (Contains 8 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oman