Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Teaching Major in Physics

Subject Categories



Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Science Education

Thesis Adviser

Lydia S. Roleda

Defense Panel Chair

Maricar S. Prudente

Defense Panel Member

Auxencia A. Limjap
Gil Nonato Santos


To probe the concepts of one hundred fifty five (155) TUP-T engineering students on the interpretation of kinematics and mathematics graphs, this study was conducted to find out the students common misconceptions in graph interpretation and how they performed in the tests. It also deals on how the Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics (TUG-K) and Test of Understanding Graphs in Mathematics (TUG-M) scores are correlated and if there is an improvement in the performance in TUG-M compared to TUG-K. Both were used as instruments. The rationale behind this study is to have an overview of the graphical interpretation skill of students, both in mathematics and kinematics graphs to help teachers know where difficulties lie in the understanding of these graphs. The test instruments showed to provide a certain degree of generalization on the students understanding of both kinematics and mathematics graphs and thus possess a valid construct. The TUG-M has undergone content validation and was subjected to a reliability test using KR-21 and test item analysis. On the participants, a convenience sampling was employed because of the problem in the availability of the students in taking two different tests. Results showed a lower mean score and standard deviation for TUG-K. The tests were correlated, and found to have a Pearsons r of 0.40. A description of the concepts understood by the students was verified to get a picture of how they do in analyzing and interpreting graphs. The mean, standard deviation and Pearsons r were determined to shed light on the performance of the students in graph interpretation. Comparatively, the students performed better in TUG-M than in the TUG-K. This shows that kinematics graph interpretation has a higher level of intricacy than that of the mathematics graph interpretation thus the difference in the test results.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

114 leaves : ill. ; 1 computer optical disc



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