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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Stella Teddy Kanyesigye, Jean Uwamahoro, and Imelda Kemeza
This study aimed at analyzing the impact of problem-based learning (PBL) in improving physics students' conceptual understanding of mechanical waves. This study used a quasiexperimental, pretest–post-test control group design with PBL instruction as a teaching intervention. The participants of this study were 239 physics students from 19 secondary schools in Western Uganda. We analyzed data with SPSS Statistics v.23.0 using repeated two-way analysis of variance tests. We found that unlike the superposition of mechanical waves concepts, PBL effectively improves students' understanding of propagation, reflection, and standing waves more than the usual or traditional teaching method. Teachers were recommended to teach with PBL to assess students' difficulties to remedy them and uplift their understanding.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 010140
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010140
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Constructivism, Social Constructivism, mechanical waves, teacher as facilitator
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Metadata instance created June 28, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Kanyesigye, J. Uwamahoro, and I. Kemeza, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010140 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010140).
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S. Kanyesigye, J. Uwamahoro, and I. Kemeza, Difficulties in understanding mechanical waves: Remediated by problem-based instruction, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010140 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010140>.
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Kanyesigye, S., Uwamahoro, J., & Kemeza, I. (2022, June 2). Difficulties in understanding mechanical waves: Remediated by problem-based instruction. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(1), 010140. Retrieved March 4, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010140
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Kanyesigye, S, J. Uwamahoro, and I. Kemeza. "Difficulties in understanding mechanical waves: Remediated by problem-based instruction." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 1, (June 2, 2022): 010140, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010140 (accessed 4 March 2024).
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Kanyesigye, Stella Teddy, Jean Uwamahoro, and Imelda Kemeza. "Difficulties in understanding mechanical waves: Remediated by problem-based instruction." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.1 (2022): 010140. 4 Mar. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010140>.
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