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High school students' understanding of magnetism

Snelder, M. (2014) High school students' understanding of magnetism.

Abstract:We report on the development of a test on magnetism and the results of its first administration. The test is based on the three topics that are discussed in Dutch high school textbooks: the origin and direction of magnetic fields, Lorentz force and Faraday's law. The test was administered to 145 high school students and an analysis of its quality was done based on thos data. We asked the students for their reasoning and compared their responses for the different questions on the same topic, from which we observe that the interpretation of the students' reasoning is the use of formulas without physical insight to their meaning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Science Education and Communication MSc (68404)
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