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ERIC Number: EJ837703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
A Study of Second-Year Engineering Students' Alternative Conceptions about Electric Potential, Current Intensity and Ohm's Law
Periago, M. Cristina; Bohigas, Xavier
European Journal of Engineering Education, v30 n1 p71-80 Mar 2005
The aim of this research was to evaluate and analyse second-year industrial engineering and chemical engineering students prior knowledge of conceptual aspects of "circuit theory". Specifically, we focused on the basic concepts of electric potential and current intensity and on the fundamental relationship between them as expressed by Ohm's law. In order to find out what the students' alternative conceptions were, we gave them a questionnaire containing nine questions dealing with the most basic concepts of circuit theory. These results will be extremely useful for designing and drawing up a teaching unit based on a constructivist approach to teaching and learning processes. It should be emphasized that there is little information available about the alternative conceptions of the population type investigated in this research (university students). (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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