INTERNET AS A SOURCE OF MISCONCEPTION: "RADIATION AND RADIOACTIVITY"


Sesen B., Ince E.

TURKISH ONLINE JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, vol.9, no.4, pp.94-100, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: TURKISH ONLINE JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.94-100
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine students' usage styles of the Internet for seeking information and to investigate whether information obtained from the Internet is a source of misconceptions. For this reason, a two-stage study was conducted. At the first stage, a questionnaire was developed to get information about students' Internet usage styles. In the light of the questionnaire results, the first 200 websites were scanned and analysed by 3 experts to determine the probable incorrect information about "Radiation" and "Radioactivity" concepts at the second stage. It was found that a good number of websites contain incorrect and inadequate knowledge about radiation and radioactivity, which can cause various misconceptions.