PEER INSTRUCTION IN THE PHYSICS CLASSROOM: EFFECTS ON GENDER DIFFERENCE PERFORMANCE, CONCEPTUAL LEARNING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING

TitlePEER INSTRUCTION IN THE PHYSICS CLASSROOM: EFFECTS ON GENDER DIFFERENCE PERFORMANCE, CONCEPTUAL LEARNING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGok, T
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume13
Issue6
Start Page776–788
PaginationContinuous
Date PublishedDecember/2014
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 1132989
Keywordsconceptual learning, physics education, Problem Solving
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of peer instruction (PI) on performance, gender gap, conceptual learning and problem solving in physics. The students enrolled in two sections of a physics course were selected; one section was treatment group (TG) and the other section was control group (CG). 42 students in TG were instructed with PI whereas 56 students in CG were instructed with conventional instruction. Data were collected using Force Concept Inventory, final examination problems, and students’ opinions about the instruction. The results indicated that PI had more positive effect on students’ conceptual learning and problem solving than conventional instruction. The conceptual learning with PI did not show any statistically significant difference between female and male students in TG. However, the quantitative problem solving performance after PI revealed that male students performed better than female students. The female and male students’ conceptual learning and problem solving performance did not change noticeably in CG. The students in TG also changed their perspective on solving a problem and understanding a concept. They found the method helpful to connect the quantitative solution with related concepts.

URLhttp://oaji.net/articles/2015/987-1450982219.pdf
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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