Title: Effect of conceptual change text approach on removal of students' misconceptions about heat and temperature

Authors: Umit Turgut; Fatih Gurbuz

Addresses: Kazim Karabekir Education Faculty, Ataturk University, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey. ' Kazim Karabekir Education Faculty, Ataturk University, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey

Abstract: This study focuses on students' misconceptions regarding heat and temperature, the effectiveness of conceptual change text instruction on students' understanding of heat and temperature and their attitudes towards science. Conceptual change and traditional instruction methods were used as teaching methods in the study. The results showed that the students have misconceptions and the experimental group students performed better with respect to the success in eliminating the misconception compared to the control group. In addition, it has been found that there was no significant difference between the attitudes of students in the experimental and control groups both before and after teaching. Teaching strategies can be used to determine the misconceptions and enhance students' understanding. Moreover, results showed that there were no statistically significant differences of post-test and delayed test.

Keywords: student misconceptions; heat; temperature; conceptual change texts; student understanding; student attitudes; science; traditional instruction; teaching methods; experimental groups; control groups; teaching strategies; post-test; delayed tests; scientific concepts; Turkey; secondary education; innovation; learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2012.047139

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2012 Vol.11 No.4, pp.386 - 403

Available online: 26 Apr 2012

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