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Abstract Title: Student and Teacher Understanding of Buoyancy
Abstract: We report on the findings of a research study on student and teacher understanding of concepts related to floating, sinking and density. The study reports findings based on 156 Grade 7 students and 46 in-service science teachers, teaching mainly at the secondary level. We present and discuss preliminary quantitative and qualitative data for this study obtained using self-developed and adapted pre-tests from the Properties of Matter module found in Physics by Inquiry. Our analysis will highlight difficulties that were more prevalent among students, as well as those that were common for both teachers and students. The implications for development of instructional materials for students and professional development of teachers on this topic will also be discussed.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Darren Wong
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lim Chim Chai, CRPP, NTU, Singapore
Munirah Shaik Kadir, CRPP, NTU, Singapore
Foong See Kit, NIE, NTU, Singapore