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Abstract Title: High School Students' Understandings and Representations of The Electric Field
Abstract: This study investigated understandings and representations of the electric field among Chinese students ages 15 to 16 who had yet to receive high school physics instruction. Past research has reported on college students' ideas of the electric field post-instruction, largely used questionnaires as measures, and mostly emphasized students' learning difficulties. Moreover, by relying on questionnaires previous research may have inadequately captured students' thinking process. The present study closely examines high school students' ideas pre-instruction. We engaged students in informal group tasks playing a Web-based hockey game that replicated an electric field and drawing comic strips that used charges as characters. After these tasks, three students were interviewed to ascertain more details about their work. We identified nine ideas related to the electric field that students spontaneously leveraged. We discuss and compare them with findings from previous research.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ying Cao
Tufts University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Bárbara M. Brizuela

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