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The contribution of simulations to the practical work of foundation physics students at the University of Limpopo

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dc.contributor.advisor Kriek, J. (Dr.)
dc.contributor.advisor Basson, I. (Prof.)
dc.contributor.author Mhlongo, Motlalepula Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-22T10:00:25Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-22T10:00:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3907
dc.description.abstract Practical work is regarded as an essential part of learning; hence most tertiary institutions have included a practical component in their physics courses. There is a concern about the effectiveness of the practical work in most universities. The present study is a case study that assessed the contributions of simulations on Foundation Physics students’ practical work. In assessing the contribution of simulations, two tests, Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuits Concepts Test (DIRECT) and the Test of Integrated Science Process Skills (TISP) were used. A class test, observations and worksheets from students’ practical work were analyzed and interviews with a selected group were conducted. There were 20 Foundation Physics students participating from the University of Limpopo. Results indicated that the simulations contributed positively on students’ understanding of electric circuits. However the study revealed that the students who did simulations do not differ from those who did not do the simulations with regards to the development of process skills. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Practical work en
dc.subject Foundation Physics en
dc.subject Conceptual understanding en
dc.subject Science process skills en
dc.subject Electric circuits en
dc.subject Students laboratory en
dc.subject.ddc 530.07106825
dc.subject.lcsh Physics -- Study and teaching (Graduate) -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Physics -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- Experiments
dc.subject.lcsh Simulated environment (Teaching method)
dc.title The contribution of simulations to the practical work of foundation physics students at the University of Limpopo en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Institute of Science and Technology Education
dc.description.degree M.Sc. (Physics Education)


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