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Misconceptions of Emergent Semiconductor Phenomena


Abstract The semiconductor field of Photovoltaics (PV) has experienced tremendous growth, requiring curricula to consider ways to promote student success. One major barrier to success students may face when learning PV is the development of misconceptions. The purpose of this work was to determine the presence and prevalence of misconceptions students may have for three PV semiconductor phenomena; Diffusion, Drift and Excitation. These phenomena are emergent, a class of phenomena that have certain characteristics. In emergent phenomena, the individual entities in the phenomena interact and aggregate to form a self-organizing pattern that can be observed at a higher level. Learners develop a different type of misconception for these phenomena, an eme... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Nelson, Katherine (Author) / Brem, Sarah K (Advisor) / Mckenna, Ann F (Advisor) / Hilpert, Jonathan (Committee member) / Honsberg, Christiana (Committee member) / Husman, Jenefer (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational psychology / Engineering / Emergence / Engineering / Misconceptions / Semiconductors
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 230 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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