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Other

Description:

This report discusses university physics students' conceptualizations of the factors affecting the speed of sound propagation. The data source consists of a set of detailed explanations which Canadian and South African physics graduates provided during the course of clinical-like interviews dealing with their understanding of sound. The analysis of the students' explanations was set in the phenomenographic tradition: their categorization led to the characterization of three qualitatively different conceptualizations. The conceptualizations are illustrated with dialogue excerpts taken from the student interviews. Implications for physics teaching are discussed.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

student interviews,Education,NSDL,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Education Foundations,conceptualizations,sound propagation,Higher Education,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,concepts,Alternative Conceptions,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003065058112T,Graduate/Professional,phenomenographic tradition

Language:

English

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