Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)
Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
The following paper explores the possible relationship between the manner in which a student is taught vocabulary in a high school physics classroom and the ability of those students to correctly answer physics conceptual questions. Two high school physics classes taught by the same teacher (eight or nine students in one and seventeen in the other) received identical instruction throughout multiple units with the exception of vocabulary instruction. Differences were observed in the students’ ability to correctly answer conceptual questions in only one topic, heat. The students did not get better at answering a question concerning a phase change or another question that the direct instruction group already knew (80% of the students got the right answer on the pretest and kept that same answer on the posttest).
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Cox, Daniel C., "Is a student's conceptual knowledge affected by their vocabulary instruction?" (2010). LSU Master's Theses. 4114.