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written by Behzat Bektasli
Graphs have a broad use in science classrooms, especially in physics. In physics, kinematics is probably the topic for which graphs are most widely used. The participants in this study were from two grade-12 classrooms, advanced placement and calculus-based physics. The study's main purpose was to search for the relationships between student spatial ability, logical thinking, mathematical achievement, and kinematics graphs interpretation skills. The Purdue Spatial Visualization Test (PSVT), the Middle Grades Integrated Process Skills Test (MIPT), and the Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics (TUG-K) were used. The TUG-K's two principal components are the selection and calculation of slope and area. MIPT is based upon processing text and symbolic information. The PSVT is composed of one-step and two-step processing of information. Factor analysis, simple linear correlation, multiple linear regression, and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the quantitative data. Classroom observations acquired ideas about classroom environment and instructional techniques. Student ability to determine the slope in a kinematics graph was significantly correlated with spatial ability, logical thinking, and mathematics aptitude and achievement. However, student ability to determine the area in a kinematics graph was only significantly correlated with student pre-calculus semester 2 grades. Male students performed significantly better than female on the slope items of TUG-K, the PSAT mathematics assessment, and spatial ability. This study found that students have different levels of spatial ability, logical thinking, and mathematics aptitude and achievement levels. These different levels were related to student learning of kinematics and they need to be considered when kinematics is being taught. It might be easier for students to understand the kinematics graphs if curriculum developers include more activities related to spatial ability and logical thinking.
University: Ohio State University
Academic Department:  Department of Teaching and Learning
Pages 226
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Classical Mechanics
- General
- Motion in Two Dimensions
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
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B. Bektasli, The relationships between spatial ability, logical thinking, mathematics performance and kinematics graph interpretation skills of 12th grade physics students, Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2006, <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1149269242>.
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Bektasli, B. (2006, November 1). The relationships between spatial ability, logical thinking, mathematics performance and kinematics graph interpretation skills of 12th grade physics students (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2006). Retrieved September 20, 2019, from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1149269242
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Bektasli, Behzat. "The relationships between spatial ability, logical thinking, mathematics performance and kinematics graph interpretation skills of 12th grade physics students." Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2006. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1149269242 (accessed 20 September 2019).
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Bektasli, Behzat. "The relationships between spatial ability, logical thinking, mathematics performance and kinematics graph interpretation skills of 12th grade physics students." Ph.D.. 1 Nov. 2006. Ohio State University, 2006. 20 Sep. 2019 <http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1149269242>.
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