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Improving Students' Conceptual Understanding of Conductors and Insulators
written by Joshua Bilak and Chandralekha Singh
We examine the difficulties that introductory physics students, undergraduate physics majors, and physics graduate students have with concepts related to conductors and insulators covered in introductory physics by giving written tests and interviewing a subset of students. We find that even graduate students have serious difficulties with these concepts. We develop tutorials related to these topics and evaluate their effectiveness by comparing the performance on written pre-/post-tests and interviews of students who received traditional instruction vs. those who learned using tutorials.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 49-52
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Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Cognition
Education Practices
- Pedagogy
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Conductors and Insulators
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2820944
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© 2007 2007 American Institute of Physics.
DOI:
10.1063/1.2820944
NSF Number:
0442087
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
84.32.Ff
85.50.-n
Keywords:
PERC 2007, conceptual understanding, conductors (electric), insulators, physics, teaching, tutorial development
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Metadata instance created June 3, 2009 by Jenny Rempel
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July 16, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Bilak and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9045&DocID=1975).
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J. Bilak and C. Singh, Improving Students' Conceptual Understanding of Conductors and Insulators, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9045&DocID=1975>.
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Bilak, J., & Singh, C. (2007, August 1-2). Improving Students' Conceptual Understanding of Conductors and Insulators. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9045&DocID=1975
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Bilak, Joshua, and Chandralekha Singh. "Improving Students' Conceptual Understanding of Conductors and Insulators." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9045&DocID=1975 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Bilak, Joshua, and Chandralekha Singh. "Improving Students' Conceptual Understanding of Conductors and Insulators." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 49-52 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9045&DocID=1975>.
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