20-22 May 2015
Asia/Bangkok timezone
The Centennial Celebration of General Relativity Theory and 80 Years of Thai Physics Graduate

The effectiveness of learning with guided lecture worksheets designed based on students’ learning difficulties

21 May 2015, 08:00
3h
Board: EDU-10
Poster presentation Physics Education Poster-2

Speaker

Ms. Thanida Sujarittham (Science and Technology Education Programme, Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand 73170)

Description

Guided lecture worksheets have been used in the introductory physics courses for first-year science students at Mahidol University. A set of worksheets was regularly distributed to students before starting each lesson and used as a teaching tool during each lecture. This was done throughout the course. In this study, we have developed worksheets for teaching electrostatics in large-class lectures. We began by researching students’ understanding in the year 2011 using pre- and post-tests, and interviewing them in order to identify their difficulties occurred when they learned with the worksheets (called ‘earlier worksheets’). We found that the earlier worksheets still could not well-address the learning difficulties for a large number of students. The average normalized gain was 0.45±0.22. Therefore, in 2012 we brought the student learning problems found in the year 2011 to develop the lecture worksheets (called ‘new worksheets’) and used them in the class. We found that there was the higher learning improvement with the average normalized gain of 0.61±0.20. To ensure that worksheets reconstructed yield a good effectiveness on learning electrostatics, we again used them in the year 2013. The average normalized gain was 0.55±0.20 which was quite steady. Amongst the three years devoted to the study, we can conclude that the development of worksheets based on students’ particular learning difficulties can make the difference of student learning outcomes.

Primary author

Ms. Thanida Sujarittham (Science and Technology Education Programme, Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand 73170)

Co-authors

Dr. Jintawat Tanamatayarat (King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand 10800) Dr. Kwan Arayathanitkul (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand 10400) Dr. Narumon Emarat (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand 10400)

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