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Educational Alternatives, Volume 13, 2015

STUDENT MISCONCEPTIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY. CHEMISTRY RELATED CONCEPTIONS OF GREEK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Hector Katsikis, Eirini Savvidou, Agoritsa Schizodimou, Pericles Akrivos, Georgia Keloglou
Pages: 384-394
Published: 27 Aug 2015
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Abstract: Within the complex and ever-changing Greek educational system, Science is taught to secondary school students throughout their six years of study, the first three (Gymnasio, junior-high school) being part of the compulsory educational program. The syllabus consists of several discrete spiral steps ensuring that certain aspects are addressed more than once. The first grade of Lykeio (senior high school) is the last year during which general studies are provided, and is therefore packed with all the possible chemical information considered appropriate for students at this age. In the present study an effort is placed towards the recording of student misconceptions concerning a spectrum of basic chemical concepts. The investigation was carried out by evaluating questionnaires composed mainly of closed type questions, which were distributed to second and third grade of Lykeio in a number of schools in Northern Greece, incorporating all types of schools existing.
Keywords: chemistry, secondary school, science curriculum, misconceptions
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