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Preston, Christine Margaret – Research in Science Education, 2019
This article reports on the effect of using a diagram to develop primary students' conceptual understanding about electric circuits. Diagrammatic representations of electric circuits are used for teaching and assessment despite the absence of research on their pedagogical effectiveness with young learners. Individual interviews were used to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Visual Aids, Instructional Effectiveness, Equipment
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Taramopoulos, Athanasios; Psillos, Dimitrios – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
This study investigates the impact of utilizing dynamically linked concrete and abstract representations of objects in modern, virtual electric circuit laboratories on the cognitive evolution and the representational fluency of high school students. The students (N = 27, aged 16-17) were randomly divided into two classes: the first class used a…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, High School Students, Cognitive Development, Educational Technology
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Moya, A. A. – Physics Education, 2018
The introduction of electric circuit simulation software for undergraduate students in a general physics course is proposed in order to contribute to the constructive learning of electric circuit theory. This work focuses on the lab exercises based on dc, transient and ac analysis in electric circuits found in introductory physics courses, and…
Descriptors: Equipment, Simulation, Computer Software, Science Instruction
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Ortega-Alvarez, Juan D.; Sanchez, William; Magana, Alejandra J. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
Contribution: This paper adds to existing literature on teaching basic concepts of electricity using computer-based instruction; findings suggest that students can develop an accurate understanding of electric circuits when they generate multiple and complementary representations that build toward computational models. Background: Several studies…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Computation, Concept Formation, Equipment
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Önder, Fatih; Senyigit, Çigdem; Silay, Ilhan – European Journal of Physics Education, 2017
In this study, it is aimed to determine effects of pre-service elementary school teachers' misconceptions about short circuit and open circuit on their ability to set up simple electric circuits. The sample of the research is composed of 41 teacher candidates studying at Dokuz Eylul University. Open-ended questions and semi-structured interview…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Preservice Teachers
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Lin, Jing-Wen – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017
This study investigated the differences between Taiwanese experienced and preservice elementary school science teachers' content knowledge (CK) about electric circuits and their ability to predict students' preconceptions about electric circuits as an indicator of their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). An innovative web-based recruitment and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Becker, James P.; Plumb, Carolyn; Revia, Richard A. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2014
The use of project circuits (a photoplethysmograph circuit and a simple audio amplifier), introduced in a sophomore-level electric circuits course utilizing active learning and inquiry-based methods, is described. The development of the project circuits was initiated to promote enhanced engagement and deeper understanding of course content among…
Descriptors: Electronics, Student Projects, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Baybars, Meryem Görecek – European Journal of Physics Education, 2019
The purpose of the current research was to determine the opinions and alternative concepts of the pre-service science teachers about the functions of the elements found in a simple electric circuit. The current research was carried out with the participation of the first-year students attending the Science Teaching Department of a state university…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Lin, Jing-Wen – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017
Cross-grade studies are valuable for the development of sequential curriculum. However such studies are time and resource intensive and fail to provide a clear representation to integrate different levels of representational complexity. Lin (Lin, 2006; Lin & Chiu, 2006; Lin, Chiu, & Hsu, 2006) proposed a cladistics approach in conceptual…
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Models, Visualization, Foreign Countries
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Tekbiyik, Ahmet; Ercan, Orhan – International Journal of Progressive Education, 2015
Current study examined the effects of virtual and physical laboratory practices on students' conceptual achievement in the subject of electricity and their attitudes towards simple electric circuits. Two groups (virtual and physical) selected through simple random sampling was taught with web-aided material called "Electricity in Our…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Energy, Student Attitudes, Laboratory Equipment
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Phanphech, Parinda; Tanitteerapan, Tanes; Murphy, Elizabeth – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This paper reports on a study of pedagogical strategies for promoting conceptual understanding by reducing misconceptions. The case chosen to investigate this phenomenon involved 40 Thai vocational education students studying physics (electric circuits) in secondary school. The study investigated the effect of an explaining strategy on students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Secondary School Students
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Yadiannur, Mitra; Supahar – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2017
This research aims to determine the feasibility and effectivity of mobile learning based Worked Example in Electric Circuits (WEIEC) application in improving the high school students' electric circuits interpretation ability on Direct Current Circuits materials. The research method used was a combination of Four-D Models and ADDIE model. The…
Descriptors: Equipment, High School Students, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Moodley, Kimera; Gaigher, Estelle – Research in Science Education, 2019
An exploratory case study involving six grade 9 science teachers was undertaken to probe how teachers' understanding of learners' misconceptions relate to their perceptions about teaching simple circuits. The participants' understanding of documented misconceptions in electricity were explored by means of a questionnaire, while their perceptions…
Descriptors: Electronics, Equipment, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Lin, Jing-Wen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Holding scientific conceptions and having the ability to accurately predict students' preconceptions are a prerequisite for science teachers to design appropriate constructivist-oriented learning experiences. This study explored the types and sources of students' preconceptions of electric circuits. First, 438 grade 3 (9 years old) students were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Accuracy, Predictor Variables
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Pfister, Hans – Physics Teacher, 2014
Physics students encountering electric circuits for the first time often ask why adding more resistors to a circuit sometimes increases and sometimes decreases the resulting total resistance. It appears that these students have an inadequate understanding of current flow and resistance. Students who do not adopt a model of current, voltage, and…
Descriptors: Physics, Equipment, Energy Education, Science Equipment
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