UNDERGRADUATE PHYSICS STUDENTS’ CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING IN THE LEARNING OF KINEMATICS USING A BLENDED APPROACH
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students’ understanding of physics concepts plays a significant role in the
students’ interest in the subject and its content. Kinematics as an
introductory concept at first year level can be used to stimulate and develop
students’ interest in the subject. Undergraduate will have more ambition to
pursue careers in physics or to be competent in the subject knowledge in their
different study fields. The study was conducted with 1st year B. Ed
(SP and FET) Natural Science specialization students at Central University of
Technology, Free State (CUT) in Bloemfontein. The study
investigated how blended learning enhance 1st year physics students
teachers’ conceptual understanding of 1-D Kinematics. Physics Education Research (PER) groups emphasized the
significance of "active
engagement" of students with the concepts to be fully comprehended or
known. An open-ended question paper on kinematics from high school exam was
administered as a pre-test to introductory physics students. The results showed
that more than 70 % of the students could not remember and or recall what they
did in high school. A mixed feeling of opinions was obtained and somehow
majority of them were even discouraged from this research pre-test and wanted
to drop out if that’s what is expected of them at university. The researcher had
to allay their fears and they were put into an intervention programme through
blended learning to gain their self-confidence. A follow-up questionnaire was
administered to them and the results indicated an improved performance and
competence of over 85% due to understanding the concept than learning to pass.
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