Remediation of chemistry teachers’ misconceptions about covalent bonding using cognitive conflict interviews: A case study Scientific paper

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Syahrial Syahrial
Mashfufatul Ilmah
Yahmin Yahmin
Munzil Munzil
Muntholib Muntholib


Research has shown that most chemistry teachers have miscon­cept­ions about covalent bonding. This study investigates whether the cognitive con­flict inter­view technique could persuade teachers to revise their possible mis­con­cep­tions of covalent bonding. Eight chemistry teachers from different schools partici­pated in this study. Two validated instruments, cognitive conflict technique inter­view guidelines and the open-ended covalent bonding test, were employed for the data collection. The results showed that the cognitive conflict interviews could facilitate respondents to overcome their misconceptions about covalent bonding. Five of the eight respondents experienced a conceptual change from miscon­ceptions to scientific conceptions, and three others experi­enced a partial conceptual change. Six concepts which previously caused mis­conceptions were eliminated and turned into a scientific concept instead. Of the 46 cases of misconceptions, 41 cases turned into scientific conceptions. The result of this study serves as an initial perspective for exploring the effect­iveness of cognitive conflict interviews more broadly.


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S. Syahrial, M. Ilmah, Y. Yahmin, M. Munzil, and M. Muntholib, “Remediation of chemistry teachers’ misconceptions about covalent bonding using cognitive conflict interviews: A case study: Scientific paper”, J. Serb. Chem. Soc., vol. 88, no. 2, pp. 211–221, Nov. 2022.
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