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Abstract Title: Obstacles for Learning Introductory College Physics: Identifying the Factors from a Case Study
Abstract: It is often the case that many students who are taking college introductory physics courses have difficulties in understanding basic concepts in physics. This trend in the U.S similarly happens in Japan. In this study factors that have strong correlations with FCI pre and post test scores were identified for Japanese students in an introductory physics course (N=22). We found that gender and mathematics grades had a stronger correlation with FCI scores than the level of high-school physics and results of scientific reasoning survey. In order to further investigate the situation, we conducted semi-structured interviews with four students who were having serious problems in understanding concepts in mechanics. Our analysis revealed common features among the students when they tried to explain the motion of an object on slope. We argue that interactive teaching strategies would be an effective way to help such students understand basics physics concepts.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Niigata University, Faculty of Education
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