On the use of two versions of the Force Concept Inventory to test conceptual understanding of mechanics in Lao PDR.
2011 (English)In: Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, ISSN 1305-8223, Vol. 7, no 2, 103-114 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
In this study, we investigated why Laotian students had a low score, when they were tested by the Force Concept Inventory (FCI). About 400 first year university students answered the FCI or a Lao version of the FCI (LFCI) with the contexts of some questions changed. The students answered a questionnaire and 34 of the students were interviewed. The students found the FCI/LFCI questions difficult and the phenomena in some of the questions unfamiliar, for example questions about ice hockey. The results show that the low score cannot be explained by specific alternative conceptions and only to a very small part by unfamiliar context. The explanation seems to be that the students relied on everyday life experiences when they answered the questions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eurasian Society of Educational Research , 2011. Vol. 7, no 2, 103-114 p.
Alternative conceptions, Everyday life experience, Force Concept Inventory, Physics concepts, Context of questions.
Research subject didactics of physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-43299DiVA: diva2:412923