Investigation of the Secondary Education Students' Conceptual Understanding Levels and Attitudes towards Force and Motion


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Cibik A. S., Bayram S., Bezci K.

PEGEM EGITIM VE OGRETIM DERGISI, vol.5, no.3, pp.291-312, 2015 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.14527/pegegog.2015.016
  • Journal Name: PEGEM EGITIM VE OGRETIM DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.291-312
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the 9 th, 10 th and 11 th grade of secondary education students' conceptual understanding levels and attitudes regarding Force and Motion and the change according to the variables of gender and class level. The research sample is composed of 110 students in a state school in Ankara. 'Force Concept Inventory Test' and 'Attitude Scale towards Force and Motion' were used as data collection tools in the research in which the descriptive method was used. Results of the research, it was seen that the students' conceptual understanding levels regarding this concept were low. The class level were investigated, both the conceptual understanding levels and attitudes of the 9 th grade students were observed to be in better level in terms of mean scores than the levels of the others. Conceptual understanding levels of 9 th grade students differ meaningfully when compared with other grades. There were meaningful differences in favor of the males in the change of the students' conceptual understanding levels regarding Force and Motion according to gender. There were meaningful differences regarding the attitude between the 9 th and 11 th grade students and these differences were in favor of the males. Attitude scores of the 10 th grade students did not change according to the factor of gender. It was revealed that there was a meaningful relationship at a medium level in a positive way between the students' conceptual understanding levels and attitudes regarding Force and Motion without making any discrimination at the class level.