Assessing High School Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Physics: A Cognitive Approach

Mohammadreza Farrokhnia, Javad Hatami, Omid Noroozi

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Abstract

This study used a descriptive quantitative method and mainly aimed at putting forward the idea that the select-and-fill-in (SAFI) concept maps could be used as a valid instrument to assess the conceptual
understanding of thermodynamics among students. For this purpose, the concurrent validity of the SAFI concept map was evaluated according to the Thermodynamic Concept Survey (TCS) in order to develop a standard
conceptual assessment test in thermodynamics. The TCS had a total KR-20 of approximately 0.78, an acceptable value, which could be employed as a valid test to assess the expert-developed SAFI concept map in
this study. The study population included 60 students from two physics classes. An evaluation of the conceptual understandings of thermodynamics students was made concurrently using two assessment tools. Results showed
a moderate to strong correlation (0.6) between the SAFI concept map and TCS. This leads us to the conclusion that SAFI concept maps are valid tools, at least, as a complementary test in science classrooms
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference on Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
EditorsWilfried Admiraal, Erdinc Cakir, Mustafa Lutfi Ciddi
Pages108-119
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-952092-53-4
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences, ICHES 2023 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Jul 202323 Jul 2023
https://www.2023.iches.net/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences, ICHES 2023
Abbreviated titleICHES 2023
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period20/07/2323/07/23
Internet address

Keywords

  • concept map
  • assessment
  • conceptual understanding
  • physics
  • high school

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