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International Journal of Science Education
written by Robin Millar and T. King
This paper reports an investigation of the performance of students at age 15 on written diagnostic questions involving the prediction of voltmeter readings in circuits consisting of two resistors in series.  The results show that these students have particular difficulty with qualitative questions.  Few perceive the two-resistor series circuit as a voltage divider and many display local, as opposed to global, reasoning in predicting circuit behaviour.  These are identified as instructional goals which need to be more strongly and explicitly emphasized.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 339-349
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10.1080/0950069930150310
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0950-0693
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circuits, electricity, misconceptions
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R. Millar and T. King, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 15 (3), 339 (1993), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069930150310).
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R. Millar and T. King, Students' understanding of voltage in simple series electric circuits, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 15 (3), 339 (1993), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069930150310>.
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Millar, R., & King, T. (1993). Students' understanding of voltage in simple series electric circuits. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 15(3), 339-349. Retrieved October 21, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069930150310
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Millar, Robin, and T. King. "Students' understanding of voltage in simple series electric circuits." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 15, no. 3, (1993): 339-349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069930150310 (accessed 21 October 2014).
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Millar, Robin, and T. King. "Students' understanding of voltage in simple series electric circuits." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 15.3 (1993): 339-349. 21 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069930150310>.
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