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Abstract Title: Where Do the Student Conceptions Come from? Light and Optics Case
Abstract: Several studies in physics and science education research have revealed that students have difficulty in understanding some introductory light and optics concepts. Nowadays, more emphasis is given to using appropriate methodologies to eliminate these difficulties, and to understanding the nature of acquisition of scientific conceptions fully. However, in addition to identification of these difficulties in students' minds, the possible sources of these difficulties should be determined and eliminated. Students' experiences, textbooks, language used, teachers can be listed among several possible sources of students' unscientific conceptions in physics. In the present study examples of these possible sources will be provided with related unscientific conception from light and optics.
Abstract Type: Cancelled Round Table Discussion

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Derya Kaltakci
Physics Education Group, Department of Physics Box 351560
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 2065432997
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ali Eryilmaz
Assistant Professor
eryilmaz -at- metu.edu.tr