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Journal of Science Education and Technology
written by Xiufeng Liu and Dan MacIsaac
This study investigates factors affecting the degree of novice physics students application of the naïve impetus theory. Six hundred and fourteen first-year university engineering physics students answered the Force Concept Inventory as a pre-test for their calculus-based course. We examined the degree to which students consistently applied the naïve impetus theory across different items. We used a 2-way repeated measures ANOVA and linear regression to analyze data coded from incorrect student responses. It was found that there were statistically significant main effects for item familiarity and item requirement for explanation vs. prediction on the measured degree of impetus theory application. Student course grades had no significant effect on impetus theory application. When faced with items that were unfamiliar and predictive, students appeared to rely on non-theoretical, knowledge-in-pieces reasoning. Reasoning characteristic of naïve theories was more frequently applied when students were completing familiar problem tasks that required explanation. When considering all the above factors simultaneously, we found that the degree of naïve impetus theory application by students is attributable to variables in the following order: familiarity, prediction, and explanation.
Journal of Science Education and Technology: Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 101-116
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© 2005 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
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10.1007/s10956-005-2738-x
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FCI, mental models, naive impetus theory, novice students, student conceptions
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X. Liu and D. MacIsaac, J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 14 (1), 101 (2005), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-005-2738-x).
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X. Liu and D. MacIsaac, An Investigation of Factors Affecting the Degree of Naïve Impetus Theory Application J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 14 (1), 101 (2005), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-005-2738-x>.
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Liu, X., & MacIsaac, D. (2005, March 1). An Investigation of Factors Affecting the Degree of Naïve Impetus Theory Application. J. Sci. Educ. Tech., 14(1), 101-116. Retrieved August 31, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-005-2738-x
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Liu, Xiufeng, and Dan MacIsaac. "An Investigation of Factors Affecting the Degree of Naïve Impetus Theory Application." J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 14, no. 1, (March 1, 2005): 101-116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-005-2738-x (accessed 31 August 2014).
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Liu, Xiufeng, and Dan MacIsaac. "An Investigation of Factors Affecting the Degree of Naïve Impetus Theory Application." J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 14.1 (2005): 101-116. 31 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-005-2738-x>.
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