Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 9, Issue 1, Article
7 (Jun., 2008)
Students’ understanding of light concepts in primary school:
A cross-age study
Çiğdem ŞAHİN1,4, Hava İPEK2 and Alipaşa AYAS3
1Giresun University, Education Faculty, Department of Elementary Science Education
2Karadeniz Technical University, Fatih Faculty of Education, Department of Elementary Science Education
61335- Söğütlü- Trabzon/ TURKEY
3Karadeniz Technical University, Fatih Faculty of Education, Department of Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, 61335- Söğütlü- Trabzon/ TURKEY
Received 17 Apr., 2008
Revised 15 Jun., 2008
In this article we investigated 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students’ misconceptions about light, sight, vision, source of light and examined students’ conceptual development of these concepts at different grade levels.
Data collection was done using five two-tiered test questions with one open-ended question, an interview about concepts and a drawing exercise. Questions were selected from previous studies done by different researchers and were adapted to Turkish. An experienced researcher and a lecturer commented on readability and comprehensibility of the examined test questions. Two- tiered test questions are used to find students explanations. The data frequencies are calculated and formed on tables. Collected data showed some distinguishedand similar misconceptions among students’ grade levels. These findings showed that light concept is constructed hierarchically in students’ minds related to their ages; students’ concepts were affected by their daily life experiences. It is suggested that teachers should be aware of students’ misconceptions and daily life experiences in order to provide effective teaching.
Keywords: Misconception, conceptual development, light, cross-age study.
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