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Ceuppens, Stijn; Bollen, Laurens; Deprez, Johan; Dehaene, Wim; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019

We design, validate, and administer a 24-item test to study student understanding of linear functions in 1D kinematics [x(t)] and mathematics [y(x)] in the 9th grade. The items assess identification and comparison of initial position and velocity in 1D kinematics and of the y intercept and slope in mathematics using a graph or an algebraic…

Descriptors: Grade 9, Problem Solving, Student Attitudes, Mechanics (Physics)

Ceuppens, Stijn; Deprez, Johan; Dehaene, Wim; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018

This study reports on the development, validation, and administration of a 48-item multiple-choice test to assess students' representational fluency of linear functions in a physics context (1D kinematics) and a mathematics context. The test includes three external representations: graphs, tables, and formulas, which result in six possible…

Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Mathematics Tests, Test Construction, Foreign Countries

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

Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018

We have developed, implemented, and assessed a teaching-learning sequence that aims to enhance students' understanding of the divergence and curl of electromagnetic fields. We designed guided-inquiry worksheets based on student difficulties we identified during semiquantitative and qualitative studies and discussions in the literature. A multiple…

Descriptors: Energy, Magnets, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation

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

Coppens, Pieter; Van den Bossche, Johan; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016

Laboratories are an important part of science and engineering education, especially in the field of electronics. Yet very little research into the benefits of such labs to student learning exists. In particular, it is not well known what students do and, even more importantly, "think" during electronics laboratories. Therefore, we…

Descriptors: Video Technology, Observation, Laboratories, Electronics

Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015

Understanding Maxwell's equations in differential form is of great importance when studying the electrodynamic phenomena discussed in advanced electromagnetism courses. It is therefore necessary that students master the use of vector calculus in physical situations. In this light we investigated the difficulties second year students at KU Leuven…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, Electronics, Magnets

De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012

In this paper, we examine student success on three variants of a test item given in different representational formats (verbal, pictorial, and graphical), with an isomorphic problem statement. We confirm results from recent papers where it is mentioned that physics students' problem-solving competence can vary with representational format and that…

Descriptors: Physics, Problem Solving, Science Tests, Test Items