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McPadden, Daryl; Brewe, Eric – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Representation use is a critical skill for learning, problem solving, and communicating in science, especially in physics where multiple representations often scaffold the understanding of a phenomenon. University Modeling Instruction, which is an active-learning, research-based introductory physics curriculum centered on students' use of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Comparative Analysis, College Students
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Wuttiprom, Sura; Toeddhanya, Khanti; Buachoom, Aakapong; Wuttisela, Karntarat – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2017
In decades Peer Instruction (PI) has been confirmed that it can improve students' conceptual understanding. Anyway the main problem for using PI is an audience responding system which is required for gathering students' answer, to enhance the learning process of PI instead of using Clickers which cost about 40 USD per item. In this work we decided…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Audience Response Systems, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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López, Gabriel A.; Sáenz, Jon; Leonardo, Aritz; Gurtubay, Idoia G. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
The "Moodle" platform has been used to put into practice an ongoing evaluation of the students' Physics learning process. The evaluation has been done on the frame of the course General Physics, which is lectured during the first year of the Physics, Mathematics and Electronic Engineering Programmes at the Faculty of Science and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, College Science, Integrated Learning Systems
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Deemer, Eric D.; Thoman, Dustin B.; Chase, Justin P.; Smith, Jessi L. – Journal of Career Development, 2014
Social cognitive career theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994, 2000) holds that contextual barriers inhibit self-efficacy and goal choice intentions from points both near and far from the active career development situation. The current study examined the influence of one such proximal barrier, stereotype threat, on attainment of these…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Social Cognition, Stereotypes, Barriers
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Milner-Bolotin, Marina; Egersdorfer, Davor; Vinayagam, Murugan – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
This paper describes the second year of a multi-year study on the implementation of Peer Instruction and PeerWise-inspired pedagogies in a physics methods course in a teacher education program at a large research university in Western Canada. In the first year of this study, Peer Instruction was implemented consistently in the physics methods…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Education Programs, Peer Teaching, Physics
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Dyrberg, Nadia Rahbek; Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: The high rates of attrition in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes causes concern over a future shortage of graduates entering STEM careers. Students' first year experiences critically affect their motivation and are therefore also critical components of students' academic success in terms of retention,…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Self Determination, STEM Education, Foreign Countries
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Bigozzi, Lucia; Tarchi, Christian; Falsini, Paola; Fiorentini, Carlo – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
In this study, a progressive-learning approach to physics, based on knowledge-building pedagogy, was compared to a content-centered approach in which explanations, experiments, and discussions are centered on the transmission of knowledge. Forty-six students attending the first year of high school participated in this study over a whole school…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Physics
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Susac, Ana; Bubic, Andreja; Martinjak, Petra; Planinic, Maja; Palmovic, Marijan – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Developing a better understanding of the measurement process and measurement uncertainty is one of the main goals of university physics laboratory courses. This study investigated the influence of graphical representation of data on student understanding and interpreting of measurement results. A sample of 101 undergraduate students (48 first year…
Descriptors: Measurement, College Science, Physics, Science Laboratories
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Sands, David; Parker, Mark; Hedgeland, Holly; Jordan, Sally; Galloway, Ross – Higher Education Pedagogies, 2018
Measuring understanding is notoriously difficult. Indeed, in formulating learning outcomes the word 'understanding' is usually avoided, but in the sciences, developing understanding is one of the main aims of instruction. Scientific knowledge is factual, having been tested against empirical observation and experimentation, but knowledge of facts…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Comprehension, Physics, Science Tests
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Ene, Emanuela; Ackerson, Bruce J. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
We describe the construction, validation, and testing of a concept inventory for an "Introduction to Physics of Semiconductors" course offered by the department of physics to undergraduate engineering students. By design, this inventory addresses both content knowledge and the ability to interpret content via different cognitive…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Small Classes, College Science
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Susac, Ana; Planinic, Maja; Klemencic, Damjan; Sipus, Zeljka Milin – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
The test of understanding of vectors (TUV) is a multiple-choice test that was recently developed to assess student understanding of vector concepts required in introductory physics courses at the university level. In this study, the TUV was administered to 889 first-year students at the University of Zagreb. The Rasch model was used to evaluate…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Algebra, Multiple Choice Tests, Physics
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Tho, Siew Wei; Chan, Ka Wing; Yeung, Yau Yuen – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
In this study, a new physics education programme is specifically developed for a famous theme park in Hong Kong to provide community-based science learning to her visitors, involving her three newly constructed rides. We make innovative use of digital technologies in this programme and incorporate a rigorous evaluation of the learning…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Physics
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Colantonio, Arturo; Galano, Silvia; Leccia, Silvio; Puddu, Emanuella; Testa, Italo – Physics Education, 2017
In this paper, we present a teaching module about stellar structure, functioning and evolution. Drawing from literature in astronomy education, we designed the activities around three key ideas: spectral analysis, mechanical and thermal equilibrium, energy and nuclear reactions. The module is divided into four phases, in which the key ideas for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Units of Study, Astronomy, Science Activities
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Lichtenberger, A.; Wagner, C.; Hofer, S. I.; Stem, E.; Vaterlaus, A. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
The kinematics concept test (KCT) is a multiple-choice test designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of kinematics at the high school level. The test comprises 49 multiple-choice items about velocity and acceleration, which are based on seven kinematic concepts and which make use of three different representations. In the first part…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Psychometrics, Multiple Choice Tests
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Wilson, Kate; Low, David; Verdon, Matthew; Verdon, Alix – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
We have investigated gender differences in performance over the past eight years on the Australian Science Olympiad Exam (ASOE) for physics,which is taken by nearly 1000 high school students each year. The ASOE, run by Australian Science Innovations (ASI), is the initial stage of the process of selection of teams to represent Australia at the…
Descriptors: Physics, Gender Differences, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science
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