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Wilcox, Bethany R.; Pollock, Steven J. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
Standardized conceptual assessment represents a widely used tool for educational researchers interested in student learning within the standard undergraduate physics curriculum. For example, these assessments are often used to measure student learning across educational contexts and instructional strategies. However, to support the large-scale…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, College Science, Physics
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Picciarelli, Vittorio; Selvaggi, Giovanna; Stella, Rosa – Physics Education, 2013
This paper presents an interactive system designed to facilitate the effective management of both knowledge consolidation and (self-)assessment of the progress made in the learning of physics by upper secondary school students. Via a specific multiple-choice test database, the system proposes several learning paths designed and implemented in an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students
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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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Newman, Richard; van der Ventel, Brandon; Hanekom, Crischelle – Physics Education, 2017
Probing university students' understanding of direct-current (DC) resistive circuits is still a field of active physics education research. We report here on a study we conducted of this understanding, where the cohort consisted of students in a large-enrollment first-year physics module. This is a non-calculus based physics module for students in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, College Students, Scientific Concepts
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Mesic, Vanes – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
For the purposes of tailoring physics instruction in accordance with the needs and abilities of the students it is useful to explore the knowledge structure of students of different ability levels. In order to precisely differentiate the successive, characteristic states of student achievement it is necessary to use test items that possess…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Test Items, Science Tests
Murphy, David Shannon – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Physical science instruction often involves modeling natural systems, such as electricity that possess particles which are invisible to the unaided eye. The effect of these particles' motion is observable, but the particles are not directly observable to humans. Simulations have been developed in physics, chemistry and biology that, under certain…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Science, Computer Simulation, Science Laboratories
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Benegas J.; Flores, J. Sirur – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2014
This longitudinal study reports the results of a replication of "Tutorials in Introductory Physics" in high schools of a Latin-American country. The main objective of this study was to examine the suitability of "Tutorials" for local science education reform. Conceptual learning of simple resistive electric circuits was…
Descriptors: Tutorial Programs, Introductory Courses, Physics, High School Students
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Gifford, Julian D.; Finkelstein, Noah D. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2021
This paper extends prior work establishing an operationalized framework of mathematical sense making (MSM) in physics. The framework differentiates between the object being understood (either physical or mathematical) and various tools (physical or mathematical) used to mediate the sense-making process. This results in four modes of MSM that can…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Multiple Choice Tests, Correlation, Problem Solving
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Plomer, Michael; Jessen, Karsten; Rangelov, Georgi; Meyer, Michael – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2010
The learning outcome of a physics laboratory course for medical students was examined in an interdisciplinary field study and discussed for the electrical physiology ("Propagation of Excitation and Nerve Cells"). At the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU) at a time about 300 medicine students were assessed in two successive…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Scientific Principles, Concept Mapping, Medical Students
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Carli, Marta; Lippiello, Stefania; Pantano, Ornella; Perona, Mario; Tormen, Giuseppe – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2020
In this article, we discuss the development and the administration of a multiple-choice test, which we named "Test of Calculus and Vectors in Mathematics and Physics" (TCV-MP), aimed at comparing students' ability to answer questions on derivatives, integrals, and vectors in a purely mathematical context and in the context of physics.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Science Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Calculus
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Adeleke, A. A.; Joshua, E. O. – Journal of Education and Practice, 2015
Physics literacy plays a crucial part in global technological development as several aspects of science and technology apply concepts and principles of physics in their operations. However, the acquisition of scientific literacy in physics in our society today is not encouraging enough to the desirable standard. Therefore, this study focuses on…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Students, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
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Kohnle, Antje; Mclean, Stewart; Aliotta, Marialuisa – European Journal of Physics, 2011
Understanding students' prior beliefs in nuclear physics is a first step towards improving nuclear physics instruction. This paper describes the development of a diagnostic survey in nuclear physics covering the areas of radioactive decay, binding energy, properties of the nuclear force and nuclear reactions, that was administered to students at…
Descriptors: Nuclear Physics, Test Construction, Misconceptions, Science Instruction
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Brown, Benjamin; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2021
We discuss the development and validation of a conceptual multiple-choice survey instrument called the survey of thermodynamic processes and first and second laws (STPFaSL) suitable for introductory physics courses. The survey instrument uses common student difficulties with these concepts as resources in that the incorrect answers to the…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Thermodynamics, Scientific Concepts
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Walgren, Jay – Physics Teacher, 2011
More and more physics instructors are making use of personal/classroom response systems or "clickers." The use of clickers to engage students with multiple-choice questions during lecture and available instructor resources for clickers have been well documented in this journal. Newer-generation clickers, which I refer to as classroom response…
Descriptors: Physics, Integrity, Lecture Method, Science Laboratories
Chambers, Timothy – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This dissertation presents the results of an experiment that measured the learning outcomes associated with three different pedagogical approaches to introductory physics labs. These three pedagogical approaches presented students with the same apparatus and covered the same physics content, but used different lab manuals to guide students through…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Physics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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