Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan

Huey Por Chang, Jun Yi Chen, Chorng Jee Guo, Chung Chih Chen, Ching Yi Chang, Shean Huei Lin, Wei Jou Su, Kuen Der Lain, Shun Yi Hsu, Jang Long Lin, Chin Chang Chen, Yi Ting Cheng, Loung Shyi Wang, Yaw Teng Tseng

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

24 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The purpose of this 4-year research study was to develop paper-and-pencil tests that could be administered to a wide range of students in order to establish a database about students' physics conceptions from elementary school to high school levels in Taiwan. The students' misconceptions of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat, sound and wave, and optics were diagnosed. In the beginning of this study, we extensively reviewed the research literature on related conceptions. With the use of concept maps and related propositional statements, we also interviewed some students to find out their conceptual understanding of the selected key concepts. These data provided sufficient information about students' thoughts of several concepts. Through a process of developing two-tier test items, nine versions of physics questionnaires were obtained. More than 13,000 students were randomly sampled in a national survey. After data analysis, the results indicated that students' misconceptions in physics such as the image formed by lenses and mirrors and the torque and rotational motion were consistent with their ages. However, in some cases, such as the current in an electric circuit, students' understandings of concepts did not improve with age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-482
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 1

Fingerprint

physics
Taiwan
learning
student
mechanic
electricity
heat
elementary school
data analysis
questionnaire
school

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

Cite this

Chang, H. P., Chen, J. Y., Guo, C. J., Chen, C. C., Chang, C. Y., Lin, S. H., ... Tseng, Y. T. (2007). Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan. International Journal of Science Education, 29(4), 465-482. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500690601073210
Chang, Huey Por ; Chen, Jun Yi ; Guo, Chorng Jee ; Chen, Chung Chih ; Chang, Ching Yi ; Lin, Shean Huei ; Su, Wei Jou ; Lain, Kuen Der ; Hsu, Shun Yi ; Lin, Jang Long ; Chen, Chin Chang ; Cheng, Yi Ting ; Wang, Loung Shyi ; Tseng, Yaw Teng. / Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan. In: International Journal of Science Education. 2007 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 465-482.
@article{869a56795220470a8c405d67bce7a24a,
title = "Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan",
abstract = "The purpose of this 4-year research study was to develop paper-and-pencil tests that could be administered to a wide range of students in order to establish a database about students' physics conceptions from elementary school to high school levels in Taiwan. The students' misconceptions of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat, sound and wave, and optics were diagnosed. In the beginning of this study, we extensively reviewed the research literature on related conceptions. With the use of concept maps and related propositional statements, we also interviewed some students to find out their conceptual understanding of the selected key concepts. These data provided sufficient information about students' thoughts of several concepts. Through a process of developing two-tier test items, nine versions of physics questionnaires were obtained. More than 13,000 students were randomly sampled in a national survey. After data analysis, the results indicated that students' misconceptions in physics such as the image formed by lenses and mirrors and the torque and rotational motion were consistent with their ages. However, in some cases, such as the current in an electric circuit, students' understandings of concepts did not improve with age.",
author = "Chang, {Huey Por} and Chen, {Jun Yi} and Guo, {Chorng Jee} and Chen, {Chung Chih} and Chang, {Ching Yi} and Lin, {Shean Huei} and Su, {Wei Jou} and Lain, {Kuen Der} and Hsu, {Shun Yi} and Lin, {Jang Long} and Chen, {Chin Chang} and Cheng, {Yi Ting} and Wang, {Loung Shyi} and Tseng, {Yaw Teng}",
year = "2007",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/09500690601073210",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "465--482",
journal = "International Journal of Science Education",
issn = "0950-0693",
publisher = "Taylor and Francis Ltd.",
number = "4",

}

Chang, HP, Chen, JY, Guo, CJ, Chen, CC, Chang, CY, Lin, SH, Su, WJ, Lain, KD, Hsu, SY, Lin, JL, Chen, CC, Cheng, YT, Wang, LS & Tseng, YT 2007, 'Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan', International Journal of Science Education, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 465-482. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500690601073210

Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan. / Chang, Huey Por; Chen, Jun Yi; Guo, Chorng Jee; Chen, Chung Chih; Chang, Ching Yi; Lin, Shean Huei; Su, Wei Jou; Lain, Kuen Der; Hsu, Shun Yi; Lin, Jang Long; Chen, Chin Chang; Cheng, Yi Ting; Wang, Loung Shyi; Tseng, Yaw Teng.

In: International Journal of Science Education, Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.03.2007, p. 465-482.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Investigating primary and secondary student's learning of physics concepts in Taiwan

AU - Chang, Huey Por

AU - Chen, Jun Yi

AU - Guo, Chorng Jee

AU - Chen, Chung Chih

AU - Chang, Ching Yi

AU - Lin, Shean Huei

AU - Su, Wei Jou

AU - Lain, Kuen Der

AU - Hsu, Shun Yi

AU - Lin, Jang Long

AU - Chen, Chin Chang

AU - Cheng, Yi Ting

AU - Wang, Loung Shyi

AU - Tseng, Yaw Teng

PY - 2007/3/1

Y1 - 2007/3/1

N2 - The purpose of this 4-year research study was to develop paper-and-pencil tests that could be administered to a wide range of students in order to establish a database about students' physics conceptions from elementary school to high school levels in Taiwan. The students' misconceptions of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat, sound and wave, and optics were diagnosed. In the beginning of this study, we extensively reviewed the research literature on related conceptions. With the use of concept maps and related propositional statements, we also interviewed some students to find out their conceptual understanding of the selected key concepts. These data provided sufficient information about students' thoughts of several concepts. Through a process of developing two-tier test items, nine versions of physics questionnaires were obtained. More than 13,000 students were randomly sampled in a national survey. After data analysis, the results indicated that students' misconceptions in physics such as the image formed by lenses and mirrors and the torque and rotational motion were consistent with their ages. However, in some cases, such as the current in an electric circuit, students' understandings of concepts did not improve with age.

AB - The purpose of this 4-year research study was to develop paper-and-pencil tests that could be administered to a wide range of students in order to establish a database about students' physics conceptions from elementary school to high school levels in Taiwan. The students' misconceptions of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat, sound and wave, and optics were diagnosed. In the beginning of this study, we extensively reviewed the research literature on related conceptions. With the use of concept maps and related propositional statements, we also interviewed some students to find out their conceptual understanding of the selected key concepts. These data provided sufficient information about students' thoughts of several concepts. Through a process of developing two-tier test items, nine versions of physics questionnaires were obtained. More than 13,000 students were randomly sampled in a national survey. After data analysis, the results indicated that students' misconceptions in physics such as the image formed by lenses and mirrors and the torque and rotational motion were consistent with their ages. However, in some cases, such as the current in an electric circuit, students' understandings of concepts did not improve with age.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=34047180629&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=34047180629&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/09500690601073210

DO - 10.1080/09500690601073210

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:34047180629

VL - 29

SP - 465

EP - 482

JO - International Journal of Science Education

JF - International Journal of Science Education

SN - 0950-0693

IS - 4

ER -