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Chen, Wen-Chao; Whitehead, Rex – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The aim of physics education is to generate understanding of physics and there is considerable anecdotal evidence that passing examinations in physics is not the same as understanding the subject. This paper describes how the areas of difficulties in understanding of physics were determined for pupils in Taiwan aged 13-15. Test material which…
Descriptors: Physics, Short Term Memory, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Finegold, M.; Mass, R. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1985
Good problem solvers and poor problem solvers in advanced physics (N=8) were significantly different in their ability in translating, planning, and physical reasoning, as well as in problem solving time; no differences in reliance on algebraic solutions and checking problems were noted. Implications for physics teaching are discussed. (DH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Ability, High Schools, Physics