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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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Morentin, Maite; Guisasola, Jenaro – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
School visits and field trips to museums and science centres are considered a powerful learning resource given their recreational and educational potential, but visits need to be integrated into classroom programming to optimize learning. In this study, we have attempted to design and build bridges between what a school needs and what a museum can…
Descriptors: Role, Science Education, Field Trips, Museums
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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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Zuza, Kristina; Guisasola, Jenaro; Michelini, Marisa; Santi, Lorenzo – European Journal of Physics, 2012
This study shows physicists' discussions on the meaning of Faraday's law where situations involving extended conductors or moving contact points are particularly troublesome. We raise questions to test students' difficulties in applying Faraday's law in motional electromotive force phenomena. We suggest the benefit of analysing these phenomena…
Descriptors: Physics, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction, Motion
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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; Almudi, Jose Manuel; Ceberio, Mikel; Zubimendi, Jose Luis – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
This study examines the didactic suitability of introducing a teaching sequence when teaching the concept of magnetic fields within introductory physics courses at the university level. This instructional sequence was designed taking into account students' common conceptions, an analysis of the course content, and the history of the development of…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Discussion, Physics, Course Content
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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