Learning Difficulties among Electrical Engineering Students

By Noor Hamizah Hussain, Liza Abdul Latiff and Nazli Yahaya.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Many university students are found to bear misunderstanding in basic electrical concepts which make learning of advanced concepts difficult. This research describes methods used to elicit students’ understanding and ways to rectify concept learning difficulties found in these students. A few graphical questions were designed and then administered to probe students’ understanding and analysis of simple electric circuit concepts. Students’ were further probed on the behavior of current and voltage. An additional obscure misunderstood concept regarding the shorted and opened resistive arm in an electric circuit was found to be inherent and anchored in students’ minds, which frequently led to incorrect analysis. From researchers’ analysis, students’ responses indicated several concept learning difficulties similar to those reported in previous literature.

Keywords: Concept Learning Difficulties, Basic Electric Circuit

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.677MB).

Dr. Noor Hamizah Hussain

Student/Lecturer, College of Science and Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Noor Hamizah Hussain is a full time postgraduate student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia International Campus in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia where she is attached to as a lecturer for the past 20 years. She is an Electical Engineer (Communication) by qualification, and her research interest is on engineering education.

Liza Abdul Latiff

Deputy Dean (Academic), College of Science and Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

More than 25 years of experience in teaching diploma and undergraduate level courses. Courses taught ranges from basic electrical and electronic to elective courses in data communication and telecommunciation.

Nazli Yahaya

Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ph. D. (Physics Education), research area: interactive web-based learning, instructional design, online collaborative learning. Published 11 papers on topics of research area. Ph. D. supervision on same topics.