|Pejuan Alcobé, Arcadi
|Bohigas Janoher, Xavier
|Jaen Herbera, Javier
|Periago Oliver, M. Cristina
|Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear
|Pejuan, A. [et al.]. Misconceptions about sound among engineering students. "Journal of science education and technology", 2012, vol. 21, núm. 6, p. 669-685.
|Our first objective was to detect misconceptions about the microscopic nature of sound among senior university students enrolled in different engineering programmes
(from chemistry to telecommunications). We
sought to determine how these misconceptions are expressed (qualitative aspect) and, only very secondarily, to gain a general idea of the extent to which they are held
(quantitative aspect). Our second objective was to explore other misconceptions about wave aspects of sound. We have also considered the degree of consistency in the
model of sound used by each student. Forty students answered a questionnaire including open-ended questions.
Based on their free, spontaneous answers, the main results were as follows: a large majority of students answered most of the questions regarding the microscopic model of
sound according to the scientifically accepted model; however, only a small number answered consistently. The main model misconception found was the notion that sound
is propagated through the travelling of air particles, even in solids. Misconceptions and mental-model inconsistencies tended to depend on the engineering programme in which
the student was enrolled. However, students in general were inconsistent also in applying their model of sound to individual sound properties. The main conclusion is that
our students have not truly internalised the scientifically accepted model that they have allegedly learnt. This implies a need to design learning activities that take these
findings into account in order to be truly efficient.
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|Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Física
|Misconceptions about sound among engineering students
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|So -- Mesurament
|Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GIEF - Grup Innovació Educativa a la Física
|Postprint (published version)
|Pejuan, A.; Bohigas, X.; Jaen, J.; Periago, M.
|Journal of science education and technology