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ERIC Number: EJ822594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Students' Alternative Conceptions about Electricity and Effect of Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies
Afra, Nada Chatila; Osta, Iman; Zoubeir, Wassim
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v7 n1 p103-132 Feb 2009
This study attempted to investigate the alternative conceptions that a group of 12 Lebanese students in a grade 9 class hold about electricity. It also attempted to evaluate learning outcomes of implementing in that class an inquiry-based module for the acquisition of conceptual understanding of basic concepts in electricity. Fourteen mostly subjective tests were administered throughout the implementation phase of the inquiry-based module to assess the evolution of participants' conceptions. The instrument DIRECT (Version 1.0) focusing on conceptual understanding was used as a post-instructional test to measure acquisition of understanding. The findings revealed that most of the alternative conceptions reported in literature were found amongst the participants. Results of the post-testing showed that the implemented inquiry-based approach was successful in enhancing participants' conceptual understanding of the targeted DC circuit concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon