How to Better Understand Motion

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November 2011



Many students misunderstand concepts about motion and find it difficult to develop a better understanding of this topic. This book has reported on the investigation of the effectiveness of a constructivist-based laboratory to improve students' conceptual understanding of motion in tertiary physics classes in Thailand. These Thai students' alternative conceptions are motion in one dimension, circular motion and projectile motion. All activities were based on the constructivist principles that knowledge is not passively received from the environment, but students actively construct themselves and knowledge is an adaptive process that students link their prior experiences (their heads are not empty), to construct their knowledge that relates to their world.In this constructivist-based laboratory, students themselves apply the experimental process by designing objectives, implementing experiments, interpreting the results and conclusions. So, by doing experiments themselves, students should better understand motion: Experience (our experience) is to learn from our mistakes; Knowledge is to learn from the mistakes of others; Mistakes of yesterday's lesson is the lesson for today.


He has obtained his doctoral degree in Science Education in 2007, Curtin University,Aus. He has experience in teaching physics in high schools and science school in Thailand for many years before he becomes the instructor in the university. Since then he has worked in various aspects of researches, such as science education and renewable energy.
EAN: 9783846543702
ISBN: 3846543705
Untertitel: Improving your understanding of forces & motion by constructivist-based laboratory. Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2011
Seitenanzahl: 252 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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