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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(2), 116-120
DOI: 10.12691/education-3-2-2
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Exploration of Students’ Misconceptions in Mechanics using the FCI

Géraldine Poutot1 and Bernard Blandin2,

1LIEA, CESI, Assat, France

2LIEA, CESI, Montpellier, France

Pub. Date: January 28, 2015

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Géraldine Poutot and Bernard Blandin. Exploration of Students’ Misconceptions in Mechanics using the FCI. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(2):116-120. doi: 10.12691/education-3-2-2


During 3 years, we have used the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) to assess the progress of our First-Year students in Engineering in mastering the concepts of Newtonian Physics and to compare the efficiency of two teaching methods, courses and drills versus Problem-Based Learning. If both methods lead to quite similar deceptive results, the detailed analysis of the response to each question of the test allowed us to identify our students’ most common misconceptions. This paper presents this research and discusses our findings.

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