What Are Students' Ideas About the Concept of an Electric Current: A Primary School Perspective

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dc.contributor.author Maharaj-Sharma, Rawatee
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-11T16:39:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-11T16:39:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Maharaj-Sharma, R. (2011). What are students' ideas about the concept of an electric current: A primary school perspective. Caribbean Curriculum, 18, 69-85 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/11307
dc.description.abstract Despite the body of research in science education on the concept of electricity in areas such as electricity consumption, electricity conservation, and the benefits and dangers of electricity, very little is known about young students' ideas about the phenomenon called electricity, and specifically the concept of an electric current. In this work, 15 students in Standard 5 (ages 9-11) of a primary school in south Trinidad were surveyed and interviewed in order to obtain qualitative measures of their understanding of what an electric current is. The findings indicate that students' initial ideas were either vague or different from textbook concepts, but that after being exposed to the teaching of a unit on electricity, most students held the scientifically accepted understandings of the concept of an electric current. Furthermore, it was revealed that there was an almost exact match between students' word understandings and their picture understandings of an electric current in both instances-before and after being exposed to a taught unit on electricity en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en_US
dc.subject Primary school students en_US
dc.subject Science education en_US
dc.subject Primary school science en_US
dc.subject Electricity en_US
dc.subject Scientific concepts en_US
dc.subject Concept formation en_US
dc.subject Knowledge level en_US
dc.subject Trinidad and Tobago en_US
dc.title What Are Students' Ideas About the Concept of an Electric Current: A Primary School Perspective en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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