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written by Julio Ciro Benegas and Julio Sirur Flores
This longitudinal study reports the results of a replication of Tutorials in Introductory Physics in high schools of a Latin-American country. The main objective of this study was to examine the suitability of Tutorials for local science education reform. Conceptual learning of simple resistive electric circuits was determined by the application of the single-response multiple-choice test "Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuits Concepts Test" (DIRECT) to high school classes taught with Tutorials and traditional instruction. The study included state and privately run schools of different socioeconomic profiles, without formal laboratory space and equipment, in classes of mixed-gender and female-only students, taught by novice and experienced instructors. Results systematically show that student learning is significantly higher in the Tutorials classes compared with traditional teaching for all of the studied conditions. The results also show that long-term learning (one year after instruction) in the Tutorials classes is highly satisfactory, very similar to the performance of the samples of college students used to develop the test DIRECT. On the contrary, students following traditional instruction returned one year after instruction to the poor performance (<20%) shown before instruction, a result compatible with the very low level of conceptual knowledge of basic physics recently determined by a systematic study of first-year students attending seven universities in Spain and four Latin-American countries. Some replication and adaptation problems and difficulties of this experience are noted, as well as recommendations for successful use of Tutorials in high schools of similar educational systems.
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- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Longitudinal
- Societal Issues
= International Issues
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
= Reform Replication
- Lower Undergraduate
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010110
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Metadata instance created July 27, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Benegas and J. Flores, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (1), 010110 (2014), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010110).
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J. Benegas and J. Flores, Effectiveness of Tutorials for Introductory Physics in Argentinean high schools, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (1), 010110 (2014), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010110>.
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Benegas, J., & Flores, J. (2014, March 24). Effectiveness of Tutorials for Introductory Physics in Argentinean high schools. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 10(1), 010110. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010110
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Benegas, Julio, and Julio Flores. "Effectiveness of Tutorials for Introductory Physics in Argentinean high schools." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10, no. 1, (March 24, 2014): 010110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010110 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Benegas, Julio, and Julio Flores. "Effectiveness of Tutorials for Introductory Physics in Argentinean high schools." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10.1 (2014): 010110. 13 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010110>.
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