Thesis Abstract

REALITY PHYSICS TEACHING FOR IMPROVING STUDENT EXPECTATIONS IN LEARNING PHYSICS 

 Umporn Wutchana

 Institute for Innovation and Development of Learning Process, Mahidol University 

 Abstract 

From previous studies, physics education researchers have probed student expectations, distinguished the expectations of experts and the expectations of novices and found the relationships and positive correlations between student expectations and their learning. The student who come into physics course with more expert-like expectations are more likely to achieve high learning outcome. All theses evidences show that student expectations are very important factors which affect student learning. Therefore, in this study we focus on improving student expectations and studying the relationships between student expectations and their learning. That is, whether students whose expectations are previously made more expert-like learn better in physics course. So, we are designing a learning unit called Reality Physics Teaching for improving student expectations especially in Reality Link Expectations because of our pilot study results showing that the student expectations were changed to be more novice-like view after a physics course especially in Reality Link.