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Student Mental Models about Conductors and Dielectrics
written by Jing Zhang and Lin Ding
We classified students' mental models on conductors and dielectrics into four levels that vary progressively from naive views to scientifically acceptable views, namely non-model, non-scientific model, flawed-scientific model, and scientific model. A total of 137 Chinese students from an introductory physics class completed a questionnaire that targets learners' conceptual understanding of conductors and dielectrics. For the questions on conductors, about 20% of the students were at the non-model level, and almost 15% of the students constructed a non-scientific model and believed that both electrons and protons could move in a conductor. Those with a flawed-scientific model (35%) were unsure about the motion of the particles. Only 30% of the students had a scientific model. For the dielectrics questions, over 30% of the students were in the non-model level; about 55% of the students had a non-scientific model and thought that charges could not move in a dielectric. The remaining 10% of the students used a flawed-scientific model.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 464-467
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
= Cognitive Modeling
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Conductors and Insulators
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.111
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PERC 2017, charging, electron motion, induction
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J. Zhang and L. Ding, Student Mental Models about Conductors and Dielectrics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14671&DocID=4848>.
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Zhang, J., & Ding, L. (2017, July 26-27). Student Mental Models about Conductors and Dielectrics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 1, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14671&DocID=4848
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Zhang, Jing, and Lin Ding. "Student Mental Models about Conductors and Dielectrics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14671&DocID=4848 (accessed 1 July 2022).
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Zhang, Jing, and Lin Ding. "Student Mental Models about Conductors and Dielectrics." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 464-467 of PER Conference. 1 July 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14671&DocID=4848>.
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