The effects of calculator based laboratories (cbl) on graphical interpretation of kinematic concepts in physics at Metu teacher candidates

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2004
Ersoy, Ahmet Fatih
Science education should teach students to critically evaluate new information. Students have difficulties making connections among graphs of variables, physical concepts and the real world and often perceive graphs as a picture. Calculator Based Laboratories (CBL) provide immediately available calculator drawn graphics of objects in motion. Up to date effectiveness of microcomputers are evaluated but there are few studies on the use of CBL, which are feasible, easy to use, portable and cheap with respect to microcomputers. In this study we want to find out the effectiveness of CBL method on the graphical interpretation of kinematical concepts in physics at METU teacher candidates. Data will be analyzed with SPSS for Windows program. The study carried out 2002 ا 2003 Spring Semester at Education Faculty in METU. 32 students from two classes were involved in the study. All students administered TUG-K (Test of Understanding Graphs ا Kinematics) before and after the CBL activities. The data obtained from the administration of the pretests and the posttest were analyzed statistical technique of Paired Samples T Test. The statistical analysis failed to show any significant difference in the students̕ understandings of kinematics graphs.
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A. F. Ersoy, “The effects of calculator based laboratories (cbl) on graphical interpretation of kinematic concepts in physics at Metu teacher candidates,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.