An analysis of the students' perceptions of physics in science foundation studies at the national University of Laos
2010 (English)In: Canadian and International Education Journal, ISSN 0315-1409, Vol. 39, no 1, 32-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper presents the situation of physics teaching and learning at the Science Foundation Studies program at National University of Laos. The study has focused on the students' understanding of concepts in mechanics, and the situation of the laboratory work activities. The research tools used in this study were the Force Concept Inventory test, interviews and questionnaires. The results show that in an international comparison the Lao students reveal a low level of conceptual understanding in mechanics. They also show no improvement in their conceptual understanding after teaching. The students have little experience of laboratory work. They had expectations that laboratory work would be an interesting part of Physics Foundation Studies Course. However, few of the students do get involved in the actual measurements and handling of equipment during the practical activities. So, many of them do not feel that they learn much physics through laboratory work. This corresponds to their teachers' understandings as well. Some strategies for improving the above mentioned aspects of physics teaching based on physics education research will be suggested.
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Comparative and International Education Society of Canada, CIESC , 2010. Vol. 39, no 1, 32-40 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-40528DiVA: diva2:400407