STUDY OF STUDENTS’ APPLICATION ABILITY OF PHYSICS CONCEPTS IN THE CONTEXT OF INFLUENCING FACTORS
Secondary school students finds science contents as an organized body of knowledge. They mostly memorize the facts, laws, principles and concepts and recall it in examination. This study is aimed to assess the extent to which the secondary school science students can apply physics concepts in problem situations, everyday life and natural phenomenans. Influencing factors such as home facilities, parent’s education, occupation, and family demographic variables of the secondary school science students were also investigated through a Questionnaire survey. Relationship was explored between the physics concept application abilities of the secondary school science students and the influencing factors. The students’ application abilities of physics concepts measured on concept application ability test were found as 33 %, a significantly low performance. The private sector secondary school science students performed remarkably better than the public sector students and no significant differences were found between the performance of boys and girls students of the same level among both the sectors. Comparatively, the private sector students and girl students in both sectors were found in better position with respect to their home facilities, parental support, education and occupation and some other demographic variables. Positive causal relationship was explored between students’ physics concept application abilities in terms of scores on concept application ability test and the mentioned influencing factors.
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