The mechanical waves conceptual survey: An analysis of university students' performance, and recommendations for instruction

Pablo Barniol, Genaro Zavala

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The Mechanical Waves Conceptual Survey (MWCS), presented in 2009, is the most important test to date that has been designed to evaluate university students' understanding of four main topics: propagation, superposition, reflection, and standing waves. In a literature review, we detected a significant need for a study that uses this test as an assessment tool and presents a complete analysis of students' difficulties on the test. This article addresses this need. We administered the MWCS at a private university in Mexico to 541 students. In this article, we present a complete description of these students' performance on the test, a description of their main difficulties, an elaboration of these main difficulties in terms of students' inappropriate conceptions, and recommendations for instruction based on the results obtained by the test. Our analyses may be used by instructors and researchers who intend to use the MWCS or create new instructional material.

Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (desde-hasta)929-952
Número de páginas24
PublicaciónEurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Volumen13
N.º3
DOI
EstadoPublished - 1 ene 2017

Huella dactilar

Mechanical waves
Recommendations
Students
instruction
university
performance
student
private university
Literature Review
Standing Wave
Wave propagation
Superposition
instructor
Mexico
Universities
Propagation
Evaluate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics

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