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A Thematic Review of Some Studies Investigating Students’ Alternative Conceptions About Energy

Author(s): Mehmet Altan Kurnaz | Ayşegül Sağlam Arslan

Journal: Eurasian Journal of Physics and Chemistry Education
ISSN 1306-3049

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Thematic Review | Energy Concept | Alternative Conceptions | Science Education | Physics Education

Since science education researchers, teachers, curriculum developers, and policy makers elsewhere, who have, orplan to use energy concept in their studies may have a busy schedule to track related studies, a review andsynthesis of the studies of alternative conceptions of students about the energy concept are valuable for them.Therefore, the present paper presents a detailed thematic review of students’ alternative conception studies aboutthe energy concept to highlight relevant people on the studies’ needs, methods, general knowledge claims andimplications. Hereby, we may compile and notice where we are on students’ alternative conceptions related withenergy concept. To this end, each study was described by using a thematic matrix. The aim of alternativeconception studies about energy concept generally have been to emerge students’ understanding, determineappropriate age to teach energy concept, and compare understanding based on age or culture. While the methodsof studies on exploring students’ understanding consist of interviews, paper and pencil surveys, and free writing,their analysis consist of classification, comparison, statistical, description, interpretation and praxeological. Inlight of the general knowledge claims, it can be deduced that most of the studies has highlighted that studentshave alternative conceptions about energy concept. The studies under investigation generally recommendedtaking into account their findings in teaching processes.

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