International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 269291
Turkish Students' Conceptions about the Simple Electric Circuits
 Salih ÇepniAffiliated withSogutlu
 , Esra KeleşAffiliated withSogutlu Email author
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In this study, the Turkish students' understanding level of electric circuits consisting of two bulbs and one battery was investigated by using openended questions. Twohundred fifty students, whose ages range from 11 to 22, were chosen from five different groups at primary, secondary and university levels in Trabzon in Turkey. In analyzing students' drawings and explanations, both qualitative and quantitative methodologies were exploited. The unipolar model (Model A), the clashing currents model (Model B), the current consumed model (Model C) and the scientist model with current conserved (Model D) determined from the related literature were used to categorize the students' answers. The results showed that the Turkish students have many misconceptions about electric circuits. Also, it is found out that especially Model A was widespread accepted among the students in group 1 (5th grade) and half of the students in group 3 (9th grade) has an understanding of electric circuits as it is in Model C.
Key words
crossage study electric circuits science education students' concepts Title
 Turkish Students' Conceptions about the Simple Electric Circuits
 Journal

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Volume 4, Issue 2 , pp 269291
 Cover Date
 200610
 DOI
 10.1007/s107630059001z
 Print ISSN
 15710068
 Online ISSN
 15731774
 Publisher
 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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 Keywords

 crossage study
 electric circuits
 science education
 students' concepts
 Authors

 Salih Çepni ^{(1)}
 Esra Keleş ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Sogutlu, Trabzon, 61335, Turkey