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Evaluation of the Secondary School Pupils’ View about Force and Motion

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Author(s): Hasret NUHOĞLU

Journal: Inonu University Journal of the Faculty of Education
ISSN 1300-2899

Volume: 9;
Issue: 16;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: misconceptions | force | motions

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study is to determine importance of the force and motion course in newMEB curriculum and to learn the opinions of the middle school students about forceand motion. This research has a quantitative design which is not experimental. Thesample of this research is totally 125 secondary school pupils in Çankırı. Open-endedquestions are asked to pupils for learning their ideas about force and motion. Theindependent variable is class level. The pupils’ views about force and motion werecompared considering class level. According to statistical analysis, results show that thepupils’ views about force and motion depend on class level. It is estimated that theorigin of these difference might be the curriculum because this subject is learned atdifferent class levels. In this research it is determined that the pupils have somemisconceptions about some subjects such as relationship between force and motion,gravitation, friction, and balanced force. The students’ responses are discussed andsuggestions are provided.
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