International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies
Volume 3, Issue 2, 2023
The Role of Hands-on Approach in Overcoming Students' Misconceptions about Matter: A Case Study
Author(s): Ting Qian Ning, Samri Chongo
Students' misconception during the teaching and learning of science has always been a great concern for teacher as it gives great impacts towards students’ progress in learning science especially when learning abstract concept such as Matter. In order to overcome students’ misconceptions, hands-on approach which practice student-centered and active learning experience was applied so that students utilize their senses to learn. This case study was carried out to identify the types of misconceptions faced by students about Matter and to explore how and to what extend is hands-on approach able to overcome students’ misconceptions about Matter. Qualitative approach was applied through instruments such as document analysis, observation and interview to collect data based on John Dewey’s theory of hands-on approach, Lev Vygotsky’s social cultural theory and Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Four students were selected from a school at Penang as samples of the research through non-probability purposive sampling technique. The findings of the research shows that there were several types of misconceptions faced by students about Matter which include misconception about the properties of matter, arrangement of particles, heat gained or heat lost during the changes in states of matter for water, changes in states of matter for water, formation of water droplets during condensation and formation of cloud. Moreover, there were several aspects about how and to what extend is hands-on approach able to overcome students’ misconceptions about Matter. The findings of the research have provided positive implications towards science teacher, students and researcher.
Keywords: Misconceptions, Hands-On Approach, Matter
Download Full Article: Click Here