Title page for ETD etd-07082010-104436


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pablico, Jane Ragasa
Author's Email Address jpabli1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-07082010-104436
Title Misconceptions on Force and Gravity Among High School Students
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Browne, Dana Committee Chair
Cherry, Michael Committee Member
Watkins, Steven Committee Member
Keywords
  • misconceptions
  • science
  • physics
  • force
  • gravity
  • gender
  • physics background
Date of Defense 2010-07-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The goal of this study is to determine prevalent or dominant misconceptions on force and gravity among high school students. A survey instrument consisting of 12 qualitative questions requiring both answers and written explanations was used to gather studentsí ideas and beliefs in situations involving force and gravity. Furthermore, it examined whether the proportion of students having misconceptions per question are correlated with gender and the type of school Physics background. The results show that the respondents have misconceptions that are similar to the misconceptions found in previous research. The number of misconceptions and the proportion of students having misconceptions per question are not correlated with gender. They are, however, correlated with the amount of Physics instruction. Both the number of misconceptions and the proportion of students having misconceptions diminish as the school Physics background progresses from Middle School Science to High School Physical Science, and finally to High School Physics.
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