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Lemmer, Miriam; Kriek, Jeanne; Erasmus, Benita – Research in Science Education, 2020
This study established whether 12 South African secondary school physics students had incorrect conceptions of basic magnetism and if they had, to what extent they consistently applied such conceptions. Different scenarios in the form of thought experiments were presented in a clinical interview approach. A complex systems perspective underpinned…
Descriptors: Magnets, Secondary School Students, Physics, Misconceptions
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Ferreira, Annalize; Lemmer, Miriam; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2019
While a vast body of research has identified difficulties in students' understanding about forces and acceleration and their related alternative conceptions, far less research suggests ways to use students' alternative conceptions to enhance conceptual understanding of a specific fundamental concept. This study focused on distinguishing between…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Fundamental Concepts
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Dlamini, Betty; Rollnick, Marissa; Lotz, Sandra; Lubben, Fred – Research in Science Education, 2001
Reports on an investigation of the status of procedural knowledge in chemistry among students entering into bridging programs at two South African universities. Findings show that students overall tend to repeat in order to get a recurring reading. Very few students were able to use a line of best fit for a set of graphical data. Discusses…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Concept Formation, Data Interpretation, Foreign Countries