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Abstract Title: An Evaluation of the Translated Version of the FMCE and Japanese Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion
Abstract: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE) is a test that was originally developed in English to assess American students' understanding of Newton's laws of motion. The present study assesses the Japanese translation of the FMCE (abbreviated as "FMCEJ"). The data consist of the pretest results of 1095 students, most of whom were first-year students at a mid-level engineering school between 2003 and 2012 in Japan. The basic statistics and the classical test theory indices of the FMCEJ indicate that its reliability and discrimination are adequate in assessing Japanese students' views about force and motion. These students' understanding of Newton's laws, as assessed with the FMCEJ, is quite similar to that of American students, as assessed with the FMCE. Only a small percentage of the students in the present study are Newtonian thinkers. Minor differences between Japanese and American students are presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michi Ishimoto
Associate professor
Kochi University of Technology
Kami-shi, Non U.S. 782-8502
Phone: 81-887-57-2510
Fax: 81-887-57-2520