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Zuza, Kristina; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke; Kelly, Thomas; Guisasola, Jenaro – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
In this work, we explore how undergraduate students use classical field theory when describing physical phenomena in the context of introductory electromagnetism. We have extracted five key characteristics of the electric and magnetic field from a historical analysis of the topic. These characteristics informed the creation of a questionnaire…
Descriptors: College Students, College Science, Physics, Undergraduate Students
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Guisasola, Jenaro; Zuza, Kristina; Ametller, Jaume; Gutierrez-Berraondo, José – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
In this paper we put forward a proposal for the design and evaluation of teaching and learning sequences in upper secondary school and university. We will connect our proposal with relevant contributions on the design of teaching sequences, ground it on the design-based research methodology, and discuss how teaching and learning sequences designed…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Science Instruction, Physics, Foreign Countries
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Bollen, Laurens; De Cock, Mieke; Zuza, Kristina; Guisasola, Jenaro; van Kampen, Paul – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
We have investigated whether and how a categorization of responses to questions on linear distance-time graphs, based on a study of Irish students enrolled in an algebra-based course, could be adopted and adapted to responses from students enrolled in calculus-based physics courses at universities in Flanders, Belgium (KU Leuven) and the Basque…
Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Motion, Graphs, Classification
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Savall-Alemany, Francisco; Domènech-Blanco, Josep Lluís; Guisasola, Jenaro; Martínez-Torregrosa, Joaquín – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
Our study sets out to identify the difficulties that high school students, teachers, and university students encounter when trying to explain atomic spectra. To do so, we identify the key concepts that any quantum model for the emission and absorption of electromagnetic radiation must include to account for the gas spectra and we then design two…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Questionnaires, Models
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Morais, Adolfo; Barragués, José Ignacio; Guisasola, Jenaro – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2015
This work describes the design and evaluation of a proposal to use Classroom Response Systems (CRS), intended to promote participative classes of Mathematics at University. The proposal is based on Problem Based Learnig (PBL) and uses Robert's six hypotheses for mathematical teaching-learning. The results show that PBL is a relevant strategy to…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Zuza, Kristina; Almudí, José-Manuel; Leniz, Ane; Guisasola, Jenaro – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
In traditional teaching, the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic induction are usually quickly analyzed, spending most of the time solving problems in a more or less rote manner. However, physics education research has shown that the fundamental concepts of the electromagnetic induction theory are barely understood by students. This article…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving
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Guisasola, Jenaro; Almudi, Jose M.; Zuza, Kristina – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study examined engineering and physical science students' understanding of the electromagnetic induction (EMI) phenomena. It is assumed that significant knowledge of the EMI theory is a basic prerequisite when students have to think about electromagnetic phenomena. To analyse students' conceptions, we have taken into account the fact that…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Guisasola, Jenaro; Zubimendi, Jose L.; Zuza, Kristina – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2010
We examine the pedagogical suitability of introducing a teaching sequence for the concept of electrical capacitance within the context of charging a body. This short sequence targets first year university students and was designed following students' common conceptions on this topic. The evaluation is made by comparing the results with a control…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Physics, Science Instruction, Energy
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Guisasola, Jenaro; Solbes, Jordi; Barragues, Jose-Ignacio; Morentin, Maite; Moreno, Antonio – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The present paper describes the design of teaching materials that are used as learning tools in school visits to a science museum. An exhibition on "A century of the Special Theory of Relativity", in the Kutxaespacio Science Museum, in San Sebastian, Spain, was used to design a visit for first-year engineering students at the university…
Descriptors: Museums, Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries, Universities