Investigating Grade 8 Students’ Conceptions of ‘Energy’ and Related Concepts

Hırça N., ÇALIK M., Akdeniz F.

e-TÜFED / Türk Fen Eğitimi Dergisi (elektronik), vol.5, no.1, pp.76-89, 2008 (SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: e-TÜFED / Türk Fen Eğitimi Dergisi (elektronik)
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.76-89
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study intends to elicit grade 8 students’ understanding of ‘energy’ concept and explore the
extent to which students can link their theoretical knowledge with the novel situations. The sample consists of totally 171 grade 8 students drawn randomly from nine cohort primary schools in Erzurum. To collect data, researchers developed a concept test comprising of 18 multiple-choice questions. The results revealed that because of the numerous related conceptions with regard to ‘energy’ concept, students had difficulty in comprehending the ‘energy’ concept and tended to exploit these related concepts in place of ‘energy’ concept. Moreover, taking into consideration the students’ alternative conceptions drawn out by the current study, a sample conceptual change text is proposed to remedy them.