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Abstract Title: Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptual Understanding of and Attitudes toward Physics
Abstract: We report on a preliminary study of pre-service education majors, their conceptual understanding of physics principles, and their attitudes toward science.  About 50 students participated in an intensive three-week "interim" course on descriptive physics. Participants included elementary education, special education, and multiple abilities majors, but no secondary education majors. Teaching methods were highly interactive.  Topics covered included forces and motion, energy, electricity, sound and light.  Although students had a very low FCI score on the pretest, their gains after just a week of instruction were impressive (Hake gain = 0.28).  Results of a post-course attitude survey (CLASS) will be presented, and plans for further study of this important set of students will be outlined.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Stan Jones
The University of Alabama
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charlotte E. Horton
The University of Alabama