[Paper] Thai student existing understanding about the solar system model and the motion of the stars

Title : Thai student existing understanding about the solar system model and the motion of the stars
Authors : Sakanan Anantasook, Chokchai Yuenyong

AIP Conference Proceedings 1923, 030058 (2018); [https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5019549]

ABSTRACT

The paper examined Thai student existing understanding about the solar system model and the motion of the stars. The participants included 141 Grade 9 students in four different schools of the Surin province, Thailand. Methodology regarded interpretive paradigm. The tool of interpretation included the Student Celestial Motion Conception Questionnaire (SCMCQ) and informal interview. Given understandings in the SCMCQ were read through and categorized according to students’ understandings. Then, students were further probed as informal interview. Students’ understandings in each category were counted and percentages computed. Finally, students’ understandings across four different schools were compared and contrasted using the percentage of student responses in each category. The findings revealed that most students understand about Sun-Moon-Earth (SME) system and solar system model as well, they can use scientific explanations to explain the celestial objects in solar system and how they orbiting. Unfortunately, most of students (more than 70%) never know about the Polaris, the North Star, and 90.1% of them never know about the ecliptic, and probably also the 12 zodiac constellations. These existing understanding suggested some ideas of teaching and learning about solar system model and the motion of the stars. The paper, then, discussed some learning activities to enhance students to further construct meaning about solar system model and the motion of the stars.

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