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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by David P. Smith and Paul van Kampen
We have investigated preservice science teachers' qualitative understanding of circuits consisting of multiple batteries in single and multiple loops using a pretest and post-test method and classroom observations. We found that most students were unable to explain the effects of adding batteries in single and multiple loops, as they tended to use reasoning based on current and resistance where reasoning based on voltage is a necessity. We also found that problems such as thinking of the battery as a source of constant current resurfaced in this new context, and that answers given were inconsistent with current conservation. We describe the curriculum we developed that enables students to model circuits with multiple batteries qualitatively. Post-test results show that the majority of students were able to apply their newly developed model to make accurate predictions for complex circuits.
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Course
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
= Tutorial
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Teacher Characteristics
= Content Knowledge
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Circuit Analysis
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.020115
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01.40.Fk
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01.50.Qb
Keywords:
Pre-Post Assessment, Preservice Teachers, Qualitative Understanding
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Metadata instance created April 30, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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D. Smith and P. van Kampen, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7 (2), 020115 (2011), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11927&DocID=2843).
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D. Smith and P. van Kampen, Teaching electric circuits with multiple batteries: A qualitative approach, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7 (2), 020115 (2011), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11927&DocID=2843>.
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Smith, D., & van Kampen, P. (2011, November 15). Teaching electric circuits with multiple batteries: A qualitative approach. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 7(2), 020115. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11927&DocID=2843
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Smith, David, and Paul van Kampen. "Teaching electric circuits with multiple batteries: A qualitative approach." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7, no. 2, (November 15, 2011): 020115, http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11927&DocID=2843 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Smith, David, and Paul van Kampen. "Teaching electric circuits with multiple batteries: A qualitative approach." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7.2 (2011): 020115. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11927&DocID=2843>.
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