Student understanding of electricity and magnetism concepts / Nurul Fatihah Che Othman

Che Othman, Nurul Fatihah (2013) Student understanding of electricity and magnetism concepts / Nurul Fatihah Che Othman. [Student Project] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Student difficulties in electricity and magnetism are well documented in many physics education researches. This study investigates student understanding of electricity and magnetism concepts in a Malaysian public university. The instrument selected for this research is the 32-item conceptual survey of electricity and magnetism (CSEM) due to its established validity, reliability, and its reasonable difficulty and discrimination index. The CSEM was administered to 80 students currently enrolled in two electricity and magnetism courses at the bachelor degree level. The student responses were analyzed by calculating their percentages of responses in the five options of each CSEM item. The results show that generally the students performed poorly on all the seven subtopics in CSEM: charge distribution on conductors and insulators; Coulomb's law; force and field superposition; force, field, work and electric potential; magnetic force; Faraday's law; and Newton's third law. Comparing the student performance in this study to that of US students carried out in 2001 by Maloney et al. using the same CSEM instrument shows similar trend of student difficulties in electricity and magnetism. However, the US student percentages of correct answers for most of the CSEM items are better than the results of this study.

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Item Type: Student Project
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Che Othman, Nurul Fatihah
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Husin, Abu Hassan (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > Electricity and magnetism
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Applied Sciences
Programme: Degree of Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Physic
Item ID: 43997
Uncontrolled Keywords: magnetism, electricity, physic
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/43997

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