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Designing, implementing and assessing guided-inquiry based tutorials in introductory physics

Doughty, Leanne (2013) Designing, implementing and assessing guided-inquiry based tutorials in introductory physics. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

This work concerns the development of instruction to address identified difficulties students have in introductory physics courses. Tests were designed to investigate students' conceptual understanding and use of mathematical tools in an electromagnetism context, and students understanding of the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration, and the graphing of these quantities with time in the context of simple harmonic motion. The resulting instruction specifically tackles difficulties discovered after initial testing, and takes the form of structured worksheets which students complete in small groups, with tutors acting as facilitators. Through the comparison of students answers to pretest and post test questions the effectiveness of the developed instruction has been assessed.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:November 2013
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):van Kampen, Paul and McLoughlin, Eilish
Uncontrolled Keywords:Electromagnetism, Guided inquiry, Integration, Dot product
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Physics education
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Center for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Learning (CASTeL)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Physical Sciences
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19394
Deposited On:05 Dec 2013 11:00 by Paul Van Kampen. Last Modified 05 Dec 2013 11:00

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