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Ning, H. T., & Subramaniam, R. (2003). Fostering conceptual understanding in students through the use of physics demonstrations. In Research in and on the classroom: ERAS Conference 2003 Proceedings (pp. 474-487). Singapore: Educational Research Association of Singapore.
The topic of pressure in Physics was used to study the effectiveness of demonstrations in
promoting conceptual understanding among secondary school students. Two classes of secondary
school students were used for the test group while another two classes of students served as the
control group; the latter group was taught the topic via the conventional chalk-and-talk approach.
Analyses of students’ responses to survey instruments as well as of another instrument to gauge
content acquisition and conceptual understanding show that the use of demonstrations promotes a
learning climate which is conducive for the acquisition of key concepts and also helps to scaffold
students’ thinking in a more pronounced manner as compared to the traditional approach. Some
implications of this study are also discussed.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS COnference held in Singapore from 19-21 November 2003
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