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Abstract Title: A Cross-grade Comparison of Student Views about Learning Physics
Abstract: Students' views about physics and learning of physics exert a great influence on the way they study this subject matter. Those who perceive physics as a coherent scientific enterprise consisting of interconnected knowledge resources are likely to approach physics differently than those who view it as a laundry list of disconnected bits-and-pieces of facts or formulas. Although many physics classes are intended to cultivate student scientific learning attitudes, prior research has shown that typical instruction often resulted in a lesser alignment of students' views about physics with those of experts. Much work along this line has been carried out in the US, and only a few studies were aimed at international students. We report here a cross-grade study of Chinese students' views about physics and learning of physics using the Colorado Learning Attitudes Survey about Science. Results that reveal the trend of change in student learning attitudes are reported.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lin Ding
School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University
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Columbus, OH 43210
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