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Published: 2021-04-07

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Arbaminch College of Teachers Education, Ethiopia.


Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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This study focused on integration and implementation of generic components such as pedagogy, forms of laboratory, physics contents, processes skills, and nature of science in physics laboratories of college of teachers education. The study developed an alternative model of learning that guides selection and integration of generic components. In addition, guided discovery modified into three alternative approaches. Moreover, alternative approach used to select and derive covariates and dependent variables in physics laboratory work. The objective of the study was to analyze associations of independent, some selected covariates, and dependent variables with each other. The study employed tandem design phase III with quasi-experimental approach. Association study used to explore the relationship of variables. Convenience, purposive, and random samplings used to select study subjects. Due to implementation of some selected models of learning, and alternative integration of generic components in physics laboratory the association study of variables indicates that, the effect of procedural knowledge and academic performances had more direct on conceptual knowledge. In addition,    using different pedagogies, conceptual knowledge, and academic performance had direct effect on procedural knowledge. Likewise, the effect of procedural knowledge and practicing process skills in physics laboratory   had direct effect on motivation. Generally the study explores, an alternative approach of integrating          generic components used in physics laboratory session produced unique association among  independent, covariates, and depended variables with each other. Thus, when developing science/physics laboratory sessions, integration of generic components and association of students’ learning outcomes and motivation needs consideration.

Keywords: Academic performance, conceptual knowledge, forms of laboratory orientation, motivation, procedural knowledge, pedagogies, practicing of process skills, views of nature of science and process skills (NOS and PS)

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