Different approaches to research and innovation in physics education at college and university

J. Guisasola, D. Zolman, L. Bollen, P. Van Kampen, C. Baily, M. De Cock, T. Dreef, J. Buning, D. Fokkema, T. Hijmans, G. Kuik, C. Fazio, O. R. Battaglia, K. Zuza

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In this article we report a Symposium organized by GTG-Physics Education Research at University (PERU) with different proposals that includes innovative educational approaches and research on problems of teaching-learning physics at university. In the second section, two research projects are described on teaching specific curriculum topics that present special difficulties for students. In the next section the third project on a work experience in the laboratory that takes into account the characteristics of scientific work, is presented. Finally, the fourth project presents a way to investigate the types of student reasoning. In the discussion, the importance of research projects that include not only conceptual understanding but also those areas such as laboratory work or "on-line physics courses" that involve practicing skills of scientific work, is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2019
EventGIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 Conference - Dublin City University, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20177 Jul 2017


ConferenceGIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 Conference
CityDublin City University


Our goal is to enable these students to obtain a qualitative and, where appropriate, a quantitative understanding of contemporary physics. When we started, very little material was available to help non-physics students learn quantum mechanics. This lack of teaching/learning materials led us to develop, with significant support from the U.S National Science Foundation, Visual Quantum Mechanics [2]. In this set of teaching/learning units, interactive computer visualizations are coupled with hands-on experiences and written instructional materials. Included in the instructional materials are student-centered activities that address a variety of concepts and applications to devices such as the light emitting diode. Thus, we seek to facilitate learning so that a wide range of students begin to understand the basic concepts, implications and interpretations of quantum physics.

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