Effect of inquiry strategies on students' acquisition as well as retention of basic concepts in electricity. (c2004)

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dc.contributor.author Chatila Afra, Nada Amine
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-21T09:43:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-21T09:43:12Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-10-21
dc.date.submitted 2004-08-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/848
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 127-129). en_US
dc.description.abstract Research studies conducted about students' naive conceptions in simple DC circuits constantly revealed that students, across the board, hold common persistent alternative conceptions that are not compatible with the acceptable scientific explanation, yet survive formal instruction. Empirical findings encouraged science education researchers to suggest remedial constructivist-teaching approaches. However, little research was conducted on the effect of these approaches on the long-term retention of scientific concepts. In Lebanon, little research, if any, was conducted about this topic. This action research study attempted to investigate the effect of a constructivist inquiry-based approach on the acquisition of conceptual understanding as well as retention of basic concepts in electricity for a group of twelve Lebanese ninth graders. Fourteen tests were administered throughout the study to assess the evolution often participants' conceptions. At the end of the implementation phase, the instrument DIRECT V. 1.0 was used to measure acquisition of understanding. Four months later, the same test was administered again to measure retention. The findings revealed that most of the alternative conceptions and conceptual difficulties reported in the literature were found to exist amongst the participants. However, these conceptions varied substantially in their plausibility as well as in their resistance to conceptual change. Nevertheless, the results often immediate posttest showed that the implemented approach was successful in enhancing conceptual understanding of the DC circuit concepts. All students were able to achieve scores higher than the mean average of the DIRECT test. Furthermore, the results of the delayed testing revealed an overall regression of 4.8%, thus suggesting that the inquiry-based approach was adequately successful in fostering retention. Meanwhile, the findings revealed that not all students benefited equally from the inquiry-based approach to overcome their conceptual difficulties. Therefore, two students were selected as case studies to investigate and better understand the factors that affected their success in building a well-synthesized conceptual model for DC circuitry. These two students were interviewed and their work throughout the study was analyzed. The findings suggested that possessing good metacognitive skills and being able to cope with the requirements of a constructivist-learning environment were important factors that affected the students' success in building and applying a coherent conceptual model. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Electricity -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Inquiry (Theory of knowledge) en_US
dc.subject Learning en_US
dc.title Effect of inquiry strategies on students' acquisition as well as retention of basic concepts in electricity. (c2004) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer II en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Education en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Wassim Zoubeir
dc.author.commembers Dr. Saouma BouJaoude
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: x, 182 leaves; ill.; 31 cm. Available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Education en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Iman Osta
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2004.33 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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