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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)
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Chen, Luchang; Xu, Shaorui; Xiao, Hua; Zhou, Shaona – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Students' epistemological beliefs have been confirmed to influence students' physics learning in an essential way. The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) is an assessment instrument for evaluating students' beliefs towards physics learning. In the present study, 817 students participate in our investigation with the mandarin…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Passante, Gina; Kohnle, Antje – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Time dependence is of fundamental importance for the description of quantum systems, but is particularly difficult for students to master. We describe the development and evaluation of a combined simulation-tutorial to support the development of visual understanding of time dependence in quantum mechanics. The associated interactive simulation…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Simulation, Quantum Mechanics
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Schermerhorn, Benjamin P.; Thompson, John R. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Vector calculus and multivariable coordinate systems play a large role in the understanding and calculation of much of the physics in upper-division electricity and magnetism. Differential vector elements represent one key mathematical piece of students' use of vector calculus. In an effort to examine students' understanding of non-Cartesian…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Calculus
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Husnaini, Siti Jamiatul; Chen, Sufen – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Indonesia and many other developing countries have a vast youth population, yet limited facilities for physics learning. The major purposes of this study are to develop low-cost, technology-enhanced physical and virtual laboratories and to investigate their effects on various learning objectives, including conceptual understanding, inquiry…
Descriptors: Physics, Computer Simulation, Science Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Eaton, Philip; Vavruska, Kinsey; Willoughby, Shannon – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Implementing targeted instructional techniques requires an understanding of the initial alternative world views students possess. These alternative world views can be measured using validated conceptual inventories combined with factor analysis methodologies. Using exploratory factor analysis and network module analysis, Scott and Schumayer and…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, World Views, Physics, Science Tests
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Crouch, Catherine H.; Wisittanawat, Panchompoo; Cai, Ming; Renninger, K. Ann – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
In response to national calls for improved physical sciences education for students pursuing careers in the life sciences and medicine, reformed introductory physics for life sciences (IPLS) courses are being developed. This exploratory study is among the first to assess the effect of an IPLS course on students' attitudes, interest, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Physics
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Scott, Terry F.; Schumayer, Dániel – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
The Force Concept Inventory was designed to poll the Newtonian conception of force. While there are many in-depth studies analyzing response data that look at the structure of the correct answers, we believe that the incorrect answers also carry revealing information about the students' worldview. The inventory was originally designed so that the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, World Views
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Ryan, Qing X.; Wilcox, Bethany R.; Pollock, Steven J. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Identifying and understanding student difficulties with physics content in a wide variety of topical areas is an active research area within the physics education research community. Of particular value are investigations of physics topics that appear multiple times in different contexts across the undergraduate physics curriculum. As these common…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Energy, Difficulty Level
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Gutmann, Brianne; Gladding, Gary; Lundsgaard, Morten; Stelzer, Timothy – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Encouraged by positive clinical results at the University of Illinois, mastery-style homework was integrated into a large semester-long preparatory physics course via an online homework system that used narrated animated video solutions as correctives. This paper discusses the impact and evolution of the homework in its first two years. The first…
Descriptors: Physics, Homework, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Mason, Andrew J.; Bertram, Charles A. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
When considering performing an Introductory Physics for Life Sciences course transformation for one's own institution, life science majors' achievement goals are a necessary consideration to ensure the pedagogical transformation will be effective. However, achievement goals are rarely an explicit consideration in physics education research topics…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Physics, Science Instruction, Majors (Students)
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Wang, Jianlan; Hazari, Zahra – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
This study is focused on student recognition beliefs as related to a role identity development. More specifically, using the theoretical framework of physics identity and emotional scaffolding, we investigate the impact of two types of recognizing strategies, i.e., explicit (ER) and implicit recognizing (IR), on high school students' sense of…
Descriptors: Physics, Self Concept, High School Students, Student Attitudes
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Hu, Dehui; Zwickl, Benjamin M. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
We investigated physics students' epistemological views on measurements and validity of experimental results. The roles of experiments in physics have been underemphasized in previous research on students' personal epistemology, and there is a need for a broader view of personal epistemology that incorporates experiments. An epistemological…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Validity, Science Experiments, Physics
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Kay, Alison E.; Hardy, Judy; Galloway, Ross K. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
PeerWise is an online application where students are encouraged to generate a bank of multiple choice questions for their classmates to answer. After answering a question, students can provide feedback to the question author about the quality of the question and the question author can respond to this. Student use of, and attitudes to, this online…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Peer Evaluation, Multiple Choice Tests, Student Developed Materials
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Kersting, Magdalena; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Bøe, Maria Vetleseter; Angell, Carl – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Because of its abstract nature, Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is rarely present in school physics curricula. Although the educational community has started to investigate ways of bringing general relativity to classrooms, field-tested educational material is rare. Employing the model of educational reconstruction, we present a…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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