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Probing the Graduate Studentsí Conceptual understanding in Mechanics

Author Affiliations

  • 1 College of Teacher Education, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Sta. Cruz, Laguna, Philippines

Res. J.Educational Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 1-9, October,1 (2016)

Abstract

Spiral progression in Science and Mathematics subjects under the K-12 curriculum have been implemented in the Philippines wherein teachers should teach Physics subject even if it was not their field of specialization. Deficient knowledge of teachers and students in science still evident as based from several researches. This study aimed to explore the understanding of Teachersí concept in Physics specifically in mechanics. Qualitative data gathering was done through content analysis of the respondentsí written answers on the problem sets given to them. Fifteen graduate students who were enrolled in Master of Arts in Education major in Science and Technology, LSPU Sta. Cruz Campus, were the respondents of the study. Results revealed that most respondents have misconceptions on the selected topics in Mechanics specifically in acceleration and constant velocity. It was also found that 14 out of 15 of the respondents have lack of conceptual understanding in at least one of the conceptual questions given to them.

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