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IEA Research for Education
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Student Misconceptions and Errors in Physics and Mathematics

Exploring Data from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced

Authors: Neidorf, T., Arora, A., Erberber, E., Tsokodayi, Y., Mai, T.

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  • Enables researchers and policymakers to track student performance in mathematics and physics over time at three grade levels
  • Provides in-depth information about students' level of understanding and misconceptions across a range of core concepts
  • Identifies common student misconceptions and misunderstandings, enabling policymakers to target areas for curriculum improvement
  • Enables teachers to plan for and provide additional critical support to their students on common misconceptions or errors in mathematics and physics
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This open access report explores the nature and extent of students’ misconceptions and misunderstandings related to core concepts in physics and mathematics and physics across grades four, eight and 12. Twenty years of data from the IEA’s Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and TIMSS Advanced assessments are analyzed, specifically for five countries (Italy, Norway, Russian Federation, Slovenia, and the United States) who participated in all or almost all TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced assessments between 1995 and 2015.

The report focuses on students’ understandings related to gravitational force in physics and linear equations in mathematics. It identifies some specific misconceptions, errors, and misunderstandings demonstrated by the TIMSS Advanced grade 12 students for these core concepts, and shows how these can be traced back to poor foundational development of these concepts in earlier grades. Patterns in misconceptions and misunderstandings are reported by grade, country, and gender. In addition, specific misconceptions and misunderstandings are tracked over time, using trend items administered in multiple assessment cycles.

The study and associated methodology may enable education systems to help identify specific needs in the curriculum,  improve inform instruction across grades and also raise possibilities for future TIMSS assessment design and reporting that may provide more diagnostic outcomes.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • An Introduction to Student Misconceptions and Errors in Physics and Mathematics

    Pages 1-10

    Neidorf, Teresa (et al.)

  • Review of Research into Misconceptions and Misunderstandings in Physics and Mathematics

    Pages 11-20

    Neidorf, Teresa (et al.)

  • Methodology Used to Analyze Student Misconceptions, Errors, and Misunderstandings in TIMSS

    Pages 21-35

    Neidorf, Teresa (et al.)

  • Results for Student Misconceptions, Errors, and Misunderstandings in Physics and Mathematics

    Pages 37-132

    Neidorf, Teresa (et al.)

  • Conclusions About Using TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced Data to Explore Student Misconceptions, Errors, and Misunderstandings in Physics and Mathematics

    Pages 133-153

    Neidorf, Teresa (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30188-0
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30187-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Student Misconceptions and Errors in Physics and Mathematics
Book Subtitle
Exploring Data from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced
Authors
Series Title
IEA Research for Education
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30188-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30188-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30187-3
Series ISSN
2366-1631
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 165
Number of Illustrations
98 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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