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n Acta Academica - The readability of a high stakes Physics examination paper

Volume 44, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

This article reports on the readability of a Physics examination paper written by grade-12 students. A sample of 500 scripts was analysed for readability problems associated with linguistic features synonymous with scientific writing. The study revealed that where a question displayed a linguistic feature of scientific writing, this contributed to students doing an incorrect calculation, focusing on the wrong aspect of the question, repeating a segment of a question, and misinterpreting a word or a phrase. In view of these findings, the article argues that greater attention needs to be paid to the language of science in the classroom.


Hierdie artikel doen verslag oor 'n deurslaggewende Fisika-eksamenvraestel wat deur graad 12-leerders geskryf is. 'n Steekproef van 500 leerders se antwoordskrifte is vir leesbaarheidsprobleme wat met die geïdentifiseerde linguistiese eienskappe gepaardgaan, ontleed. Die studie het getoon dat waar 'n vraag 'n linguistiese eienskap van wetenskaplike skryfwerk vertoon het, dit daartoe bygedra het dat leerders 'n verkeerde berekening doen deur op die verkeerde aspek van die vraag te fokus, 'n segment van 'n vraag herhaal en 'n woord of frase verkeerd interpreteer. In die lig van hierdie bevindings betoog die artikel dat meer aandag aan wetenskapstaal in die klaskamer geskenk moet word.

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2012-01-01
2019-11-12

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