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Understanding of photosynthesis among pupils of technical secondary schools

Petra Pavić (2014) Understanding of photosynthesis among pupils of technical secondary schools. Diploma thesis.

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    The goal of our research was to examine the knowledge on photosynthesis of the students of the Secondary Technical schools, and their attitude towards it, and whether they have misconceptions about it. The research was conducted on a sample of 466 students in Vegova Secondary Technical and Grammar School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Ljubljana in the first, second and third year of electrical engineering and computer science programme. The test contained 27 closed-ended questions, 2 questions with Likert-type scale and 1 open-ended question. The questions were intended to examine the students’ attitude to photosynthesis, their knowledge and the understanding of the process in general as well as its relation to respiration. Most students believe that photosynthesis is important for life on Earth and that knowledge about photosynthesis is part of general knowledge. As presumed their knowledge is mostly superficial. We have discovered that students have poor understanding of the significance of photosynthesis for plants and the whole ecosystem. The research also revealed that students have several misconceptions regarding photosynthesis, and we pointed out 5 most obvious misconceptions. The results of our research may make the teachers in primary and secondary school aware of the problem of students with understanding photosynthesis and the misconceptions that occur (for example: the use of the conceptual change model). That would result in a better understanding the process of photosynthesis.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: photosynthesis, understanding, misconceptions, science, biology, secondary school, respiration
    Number of Pages: 83
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    asist. dr. Jelka StrgarMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Alenka GaberščikComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10011209)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education, Biotechnical Faculty
    Item ID: 2080
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 07:06
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 17:30
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2080

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