ERIC Number: EJ1043605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 539
Synthesis of Discipline-Based Education Research in Physics
Docktor, Jennifer L.; Mestre, José P.
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v10 n2 p020119-1-020119-58 Jul-Dec 2014
This paper presents a comprehensive synthesis of physics education research at the undergraduate level. It is based on work originally commissioned by the National Academies. Six topical areas are covered: (1) conceptual understanding, (2) problem solving, (3) curriculum and instruction, (4) assessment, (5) cognitive psychology, and (6) attitudes and beliefs about teaching and learning. Each topical section includes sample research questions, theoretical frameworks, common research methodologies, a summary of key findings, strengths and limitations of the research, and areas for future study. Supplemental material proposes promising future directions in physics education research.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Educational Research, Synthesis, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Concept Formation, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Cognitive Psychology, Science Tests, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Undergraduate Students, Literature Reviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-1347722