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Teaching thermal physics to Year 9 students: The thinking frames approach

McLure, F., Won, M. and Treagust, D.F. (2020) Teaching thermal physics to Year 9 students: The thinking frames approach. Physics Education, 55 (3). Art. 035007.

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Students hold many alternative conceptions of thermal physics which are very resistant to change. A conceptual change strategy, the thinking frames approach, based on evidence from educational research was used to address commonly held naïve conceptions about heat in a series of thermal physics lessons. Students' gains in conceptual understanding were measured in two Year 9 classes using pre/post-tests. These results were compared to conceptual gains of a class learning the same topics by more traditional means. Results showed that learning thermal physics with the thinking frames approach led to a much greater increase in understanding (Effect size  =  2.04) compared to learning with traditional methods (Effect size  =  0.20).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Institute of Physics
Copyright: © 2020 IOP Publishing
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