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European Journal of Physics
written by Jing Li and Chandralekha Singh
We discuss an investigation of the difficulties that students in a university introductory physics course have with the electric field and superposition principle and how that research was used as a guide in the development and evaluation of a research-validated tutorial on these topics to help students learn these concepts better. The tutorial uses a guided enquiry-based approach to learning and involved an iterative process of development and evaluation. During its development, we obtained feedback both from physics instructors who regularly teach introductory physics in which these concepts are taught and from students for whom the tutorial is intended. The iterative process continued and the feedback was incorporated in the later versions of the tutorial until the researchers were satisfied with the performance of a diverse group of introductory physics students on the post-test after they worked on the tutorial in an individual one-on-one interview situation. Then the final version of the tutorial was administered in several sections of the university physics course after traditional instruction in relevant concepts. We discuss the performance of students in individual interviews and on the pre-test administered before the tutorial (but after traditional lecture-based instruction) and on the post-test administered after the tutorial. We also compare student performance in sections of the class in which students worked on the tutorial with other similar sections of the class in which students only learned via traditional instruction. We find that students performed significantly better in the sections of the class in which the tutorial was used compared to when students learned the material via only lecture-based instruction.
European Journal of Physics: Volume 38, Issue 5, Pages 055702
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material Design
= Tutorial
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
Mathematical Tools
- Problem-Solving Techniques
= Superposition
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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European Physical Society
DOI:
10.1088/1361-6404/aa7618
NSF Number:
1524575
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Metadata instance created September 18, 2023 by Lyle Barbato
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September 18, 2023 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Li and C. Singh, , Eur. J. Phys. 38 (5), 055702 (2017), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa7618).
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J. Li and C. Singh, Investigating and improving introductory physics students' understanding of the electric field and superposition principle, Eur. J. Phys. 38 (5), 055702 (2017), <https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa7618>.
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Li, J., & Singh, C. (2017, June 26). Investigating and improving introductory physics students' understanding of the electric field and superposition principle. Eur. J. Phys., 38(5), 055702. Retrieved April 18, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa7618
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Li, Jing, and Chandralekha Singh. "Investigating and improving introductory physics students' understanding of the electric field and superposition principle." Eur. J. Phys. 38, no. 5, (June 26, 2017): 055702, https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa7618 (accessed 18 April 2024).
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Li, Jing, and Chandralekha Singh. "Investigating and improving introductory physics students' understanding of the electric field and superposition principle." Eur. J. Phys. 38.5 (2017): 055702. 18 Apr. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa7618>.
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