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CHAPTER I

THE PROBLEM AND ITS SCOPE

Introduction

Physics encompasses the large and the small, the old and the new. From the atom to galaxies, from electrical circuitry to aerodynamics, physics is very much a part of the world around us. It is one of the most fundamental of the sciences (Young and Freedman, 1996).

The study of physics is also an adventure. You will find it challenging, sometimes frustrating, occasionally painful and often richly rewarding and satisfying. It will appeal to your sense of beauty as well as rational intelligence (Young and Freedman, 1996).

However, the 2005 findings of the two personal reviews of the European Physics Education Conference in Bonn, Germany showed that physics became a misunderstood area of science in schools. Butcher (2005) stated that students, when asked about physics, would tell that it is difficult, confusing and irrelevant to their lives. She further explained that this is so because of the training involved in physics thinking, the problem-solving abilities and mathematics. According to her, many people do not want to spend hours on mathematical functions, which is not essential to enjoying physics.

The same is also true among Malaysian students. Ask them and they will certainly conclude that is one of the toughest subjects in high school. This alarming situation is truly a big challenge among secondary physics teachers in strategically abandoning this idea in the minds of students. Often students entering their first course in physics anticipate having a “hard time”. Much of what they have heard from friends and relatives about physics courses leads them to believe that physics cannot be learned well by average person. This is simply not true. The secret to success in a physics course is to learn the material or concepts day by day. Trying to “cram” physics the night before an exam is what leads to the “hard time” in the course. Physics is a subject, which requires time for the concepts to be absorbed and understood. Physics is not learned by memorizing equations and then trying to find the right numbers to plug into them. Physics is learned by using it day after day to solve problems and by thinking about the concepts and relating them to everyday experience (Mckenzie and Pica).

Statement of the Problem

1. What are the bases for the tricks and games developed in this research? 2. What is the performance of the respondents before and after the treatment? 3. What is the attitude of the respondents in the pre-attitude and post-attitude test? 4. Is there a significant difference between the performance of the respondents in the pretest and posttest? 5. Is there a significant difference between the attitude of the respondents in the pre-attitude and post-attitude tests? 6. Is there a significant relationship between the pretest performance and pre-attitude response? 7. Is there a significant relationship between the posttest performance and post-attitude response? 8. Is there a significant difference in performance of the respondents among four schools? a. Pretest Performance

b. Posttest Performance
9. Is there a significant difference in attitude of the respondents among four schools? a. Pre-attitude Response
b. Post-attitude Response
Null Hypothesis
This study has formulated the following null hypotheses and tested at 0.05 level of significance. Ho1. There is no significant difference between the performance of the respondents in the pretest and posttest. Ho2. There is no significant difference between the attitude of the respondents in the pre-attitude and post-attitude tests. Ho3. There is a significant relationship between the pretest performance and pre-attitude response. Ho4.There is a significant relationship between the posttest performance and post-attitude response. Ho5.There is a significant difference...
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