Theses

 

2008    D. A. Muller, PhD Thesis - Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

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2006    C. Lindstrom, Honours Thesis - Using Link Maps to help novices navigate through the rough seas of firstyear physics(School of Physics, University of Sydney)

 

2004    A. Roberts, Honours Thesis - Transfer of Mathematics Skills and Knowledge with First Year Science Students (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

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2004    P. R. Fletcher, PhD Thesis - How Tertiary Level Physics Students Learn and Conceptualise Quantum Mechanics (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

            Title,    ToC,    Ch1,    Ch2,    Ch3,    Ch4,    Ch5,    Ch6,    Ch7,    App1,    App2,    App3,    App4,    App5,    App6,    App7,     App8,    App9,    App10

 

1999    K. Hogg, PhD Thesis - How Students Learn Physical Optics (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

 

1999    A. Millar, Honours Thesis - A Study of Student Conceptual Construction in Physical Optics (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

 

1998    A. Gray, Honours Thesis - Developing a Prototype Thermal Concept Inventory (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

 

1997    P. R. Fletcher, Master of Science Thesis - How Students Learn Quantum Mechanics (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

            Ch1,    Ch2,    Ch3,    Ch4,    Ch5,    Ch6,    App1,    App2,    App3,    App4,    App5,    App6,    App7

 

1994    E. M. Henderson, Honours Thesis - Conceptual Development in Thermal Physics (School of Physics, University of Sydney)

 

 

Journal papers and books

 

2009    Tanahoung, C., Chitaree, R, Soankwan, C., Sharma, M. D. and Johnston, I. D.,

            The effect of interactive lecture demonstrations on students conceptual understanding of heat and temperature concepts: A study from Thailand,

            Research in Science & Technological Education, 27(1), 61-74

 

2009    Wuttiprom, S., Sharma, M. D., Johnston, I. D., Chitaree, R. and Soankwan, C.,

            Development and use of a conceptual survey in introductory quantum physics,

            International Journal of Science Education, 31(5), 631-654

 

2009   Lindstrøm, C. and Sharma, M. D.,

           Link maps and map meetings: Scaffolding student learning,

           Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 5(1), 010102

           http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.010102

 

2009    Tongchai, A., Sharma, M. D., Johnston, I. D., Arayathanikul, K. and Soankwan, C., (in press)

            Developing, evaluating and demonstrating the use of a conceptual survey in mechanical waves,

            International Journal of Science Education

 

2009    Mayo, A., Sharma, M. D. and Muller, D. A., (in press)

            Qualitative differences between learning environments using videos in small groups and whole Class discussions: A preliminary study in physics,

            Research in Science Education

  

2008    Lee, K., Sharma, M. D. and Muller, D.,

            Incorporating active learning with videos: A case study from physics,

            Teaching Science, 54(4), 45-47

 

2008    Richardson, A., Sharma, M. D. and Khachan, J.,

            What are students learning in practicals? A cross sectional study in university physics laboratories,

            CAL-laborate International, 16, 20-27

            http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/callab/2008_1/sharma.pdf

2008    Roberts, A. L., Sharma, M. D., Sefton, I. M. and Khachan, J.,

            Differences in two evaluations of answers to a conceptual physics question: A preliminary analysis,

            CAL-laborate International, 16, 28-38

            http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/callab/2008_1/roberts.pdf

2008    Sharma, M. D. and McShane, K.,

            A methodological framework for understanding and describing discipline-based scholarship of teaching in higher education through design-based research,

            Higher Education Research and Development, 27(3), 257-270

2008    Muller, D. A., Bewes, J., Sharma, M. D. and Reimann, P.,

            Saying the wrong thing: Improving learning with multimedia by including misconceptions,

            Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 24(2), 144-155

2008
    Muller, D. A., Lee, K. J. and Sharma, M. D.,

            Coherence or interest: Which is most important in online multimedia learning?,
            Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 24(2), 211-221

2008
    Muller, D. A., Sharma, M. D. and Reimann, P.,

            Raising cognitive load with linear multimedia to promote conceptual change,

            Science Education, 92(2), 278-296

2008
    Sharma, M. D., Pollard, J., Mendez, A., Mills, D., O’Byrne, J., Scott, D., Hagon, S., Gribble, J.,

            Kirkup, L., Livett, M., Low, D., Merchant, A., Rayner, A., Swan, G., Zadnick, M. and Zealey, W.,

            What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics,

            European Journal of Physics, 29, 59-72

2008
    Mendez, A., Pollard, J., Sharma, M. D., Mills, D. R., Gribble, S. J., Hagon, S., Kirkup, L., Livett,

            M., Low, D., Merchant, A., O’Byrne, J., Rayner, A., Swan, G., Zadnick, M. and Zealey, W.,

            Australian physics Bachelors and Honours graduates in industry: Where are they? How well prepared are they?,

            Australian Physics, 45(1) 21-24

2007
    Johnston, H. M., Hopkins, A. M., Varvell, K. E., Sharma M. D. and Thornton, R.,

            The research-teaching nexus in physics: Scholarship into teaching and learning,

            Australian Physics, 44(2), 66-70

2007
    Muller, D. A., Sharma, M. D., Eklund, J. and Reimann, P.,
            Conceptual change through vicarious learning in an authentic physics setting,

            Instructional Science, 35(6), 519-533

2007
    Roberts, A. L., Sharma, M. D., Britton, S. and New, P. B.,

            An index to measure the ability of first year science students to transfer mathematics,

            International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science & Technology, 38(4), 429-448

2007
    Sefton, I. M. and Sharma, M. D.,

            Assessment of Understanding in Physics: A case study,

            In A. Brew & J. Sachs, Transforming a University: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Practice
            University of Sydney Press, 81-92

2007
    Britton, S., New, P. and Sharma. M. D.,

            Investigating students’ability to transfer mathematics,

            In A. Brew & J. Sachs, Transforming a University: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Practice,  
            University of Sydney Press, 127-140

2006    Pollard, J., Sharma, M. D., Mills, D., Swan, G., Mendez, A.,  
            Physics Education for Australia,

            Australian Physics, 43(1), 20 - 26

2005    Mendez, A., Feteris, S., Kirkup, L., Livett, M., Low, D., Merchant, A., Mills, D., Pollard,

            J., Rayner, A., Sharma, M., Swan, G., Wilson, K., and Zadnik, M. Eds.

            Snapshots - Good Learning and Teaching in Physics,

            ISBN: 0-7326-2064-3

 

2005    D. Muller and M. D. Sharma,

            Determining the factors affecting student perceptions of a popular science video,

            Australasian Journal of Educational Technology21 (4), 491-509

 

2005    M. D. Sharma, I. M. Sefton, M. Cole, A. Whymark, R. M. Millar and A. Smith,

            Effects of re-using a conceptual exam question in physics,

            Research in Science Education, 35, 447-469

 

2005    M. D. Sharma, A. Mendez, and J. O'Byrne,

The Relationship Between Attendance in Student-Centred Physics Tutorials and Performance in University Examinations,

International Journal of Science Education, 27, (11) 1375-1389

 

2005    M. D. Sharma, D. Mills, A. Mendez, and J. Pollard, Eds,

            Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Development in Physics:

            A Report on Tertiary Physics Teaching and Learning in Australia commissioned by the AUTC

            ISBN: 0-7326-2063-5

 

2005    M. D. Sharma, J. Khachan, B. Chan and J. O'Byrne,

An investigation of the effectiveness of electronic classroom communication systems in large lecture classes,

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 21, 137-154

 

2005    S. Britton, P. New, M. D. Sharma and D. Yardley,

A case study of the transfer of mathematics skills by university students,

International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 36, 1-13

 

2004        M. D. Sharma, R. Millar, A. Smith and I. Sefton,

Students’ understandings of gravity in an orbiting space-ship,

Research in Science Education, 34, 267-289

 

2002        K. Wilson, M. D. Sharma and R. Millar,

Workshop Tutorials for Physics: Mechanics, Properties of Matter and Thermal Physics,

UniServe Science: Sydney, Australia, 296 pages, ISBN: 1 86487 499 6

 

2002    K. Wilson, M. D. Sharma and R. Millar,

Workshop Tutorials for Physics: Electricity & Magnetism, Waves & Optics and Quantum, Atomic and Nuclear Physics,

UniServe Science: Sydney, Australia, 304 pages, ISBN: 1 86487 500 3

 

2002        K. Wilson, M. D. Sharma and R. Millar,

Workshop Tutorials for Physics: Activities,

UniServe Science: Sydney, Australia, 268 pages, ISBN: 1 86487 501 1

 

2002    G. N. Gibson and I. D. Johnston,

New Themes and Audiences for the Physics of Music,

Physics Today, 55 (1), Reprinted in: Parity, 17, (11), Tokyo, 11–19

 

1999    M. D. Sharma, R. Millar and S. Seth,

Workshop Tutorials: Accommodating student centred learning in large first year university physics classes,

Int. J. Sci. Ed, 21, 839-853

 

1998    I. D. Johnston, K. Crawford and P. R. Fletcher,

How Students Learn Quantum Mechanics,

International Journal of Science Education, 20 (4), 427–446

 

1997    I. D. Johnston,

The Place of Information Technology in the Teaching of Physics Majors,

The Changing Role of Physics Departments in Modern Universities, in E.F. Redish and J.S. Rigden (eds), (AIP, NY), 342–356

 

1996    I.  D. Johnston, I. J. Cooper, P. W. Fekete, P. R. Fletcher, M. A. Oldfield, B. A. McInnes, R. M. Millar, I. M., Sefton, M. D. Sharma and P. J. Walker,

Physics Education Research: Education or Research?,

The Australian and New Zealand Physicist, 33, 9-13

 

1996    I. D. Johnston et al,

Physics Education Research: Education or Physics?,

The Australian & New Zealand Physicist, 33 (1/2), 9–12

 

1996    I. D. Johnson,

Photon States Made Easy: A Computational Approach to Quantum Radiation Theory,

American Journal of Physics, 64 (3), 245–255

 

1995    P. J. Walker & I. D. Johnston,

Computer Modelling of Spontaneous Charge Distribution,

Computers in Physics, 9 (1), 42–45

 

1995    B. McInnes, P. Walker and P. Fekete,

Diagnostic Tools for Improving Concept Development,

Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching: 1995

 

1993    I. D. Johnston,

Standing Waves in Air Columns: Will Computers Reshape Physics Courses?,

American Journal of Physics, 61 (11), 996–1004

 

1993    I. D. Johnston and R. C. McPhedran,

Computational Physics in the Undergraduate Curriculum,

The Australian & New Zealand Physicist, 30 (4), 67–73, Reprinted in: Assoc. of Asia Pacific Phys. Soc. Bull., 30 (2), 28–33

 

1992        I. D. Johnston and D. Segal,

Electrons in a Crystal Lattice: a Simple Computer Model,

American Journal of Physics, 60 (7), 600–607

 

 

Full refereed conference papers



2008    Kirkup, L., Mendez, A., Sharma, M. D. and O’Byrne, J.,

A semester of physics: What difference does it make to non-physics majors?

Proceedings of the 18th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Adelaide, 131-134, ISBN 1 876346 57 4

 

2008    O’Byrne, J., Mendez, A., Sharma, M. D, Kirkup, L. and Scott, D.,

Physics graduates in the workforce: Does physics education help?

Proceedings of the 18th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Adelaide, 143-146, ISBN 1 876346 57 4

 

2008    Wilson, K., Mendez, A., Mills, D., Sharma, M. D. and Kirkup, L., 

Improving undergraduate laboratory work in physics: Outcomes of the “Forging New Directions in Physics Education in Australian Universities” project,

Proceedings of the 18th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Adelaide, 155-159, ISBN 1 876346 57 4

 

2008    Kirkup, L., Mendez, A., Scott, D., Sharma, M. D. and O'Byrne, J. and Quinton, J.,
            Do students' experiences of a service subject correspond to their expectations?,
            Proceedings of Visualisation and Concept Development Conferencee, UniServe Science, Sydney, 35-40,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2008/035.pdf

2008    Wilson, K., Mills, D., Sharma, M. D., Kirkup, L., Mendez, A. and Scott, D.,
            ACELL for Physics?,
            Proceedings of Visualisation and Concept Development Conferencee, UniServe Science, Sydney, 133-138,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2008/133.pdf

2008    Tongchai, A., Sharma, M. D., Johnston, I. D. and Arayathanitkul, K.,
            Students' conceptual knowledge of mechanical waves across different backgrounds and cultures,
            Proceedings of Visualisation and Concept Development Conferencee, UniServe Science, Sydney, 121-126,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2008/121.pdf

2008    Lindstrøm C. and Sharma, M. D.,
            Initial development of a Physics Goal Orientation survey using factor analysis,
            Proceedings of Visualisation and Concept Development Conferencee, UniServe Science, Sydney, 60-66,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2008/060.pdf

2007    Muller, D. A. and Sharma, M. D.,
            Tackling misconceptions in introductory physics using multimedia presentations,
            Proceedings of Science Learning and Teaching Research Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 58-63,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2007/14.pdf

2007    Au, T. and Sharma, M. D.,
            Student performance in high school physics: does high school matter?,
            Proceedings of Science Learning and Teaching Research Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 4-8,  
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2007/05.pdf

2007    Kirkup, L., Sharma, M. D. and Scott, D.,
            Teaching physics to non- physics majors: models extant in Australian Universities,
            Proceedings of Science Learning and Teaching Research Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 46-51,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2007/12.pdf

2007    Nelan, C., Dooley, P. and Sharma, M. D.,
            Medical Physics KickStart: designing a senior high school physics workshop,  
            Proceedings of Science Learning and Teaching Research Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 64-69,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2007/15.pdf

2007    Sefton, I. M. and Sharma, M. D.,
            Evolution of an assessment project,
            Proceedings of Science Learning and Teaching Research Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 95-100,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2007/20.pdf
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2006    Wuttiprom, S., Chitaree, R., Soankwan, C., Sharma, M. D. and Johnston, I. D.,
            Developing a prototype conceptual survey in fundamental quantum physics,
            Proceedings of Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 133-138,
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2006/wuttiprom.pdf

2006    Bewes, J. and Sharma, M. D.,
            A preliminary study on how accuracy relates to student self reports of confidence on a conceptual physics test,
            Proceedings of Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 16-20
            retrievable from http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/2006/bewes.pdf

2006    Tanahoung, C., Sharma, M. D., Johnston, I., Chitaree, R. and Soankwan, C.,
            Surveying Sydney introductory physics students’ understandings of heat and temperature,
            Proceedings of the 17th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Brisbane,
            retrievable from http://www.aip.org.au/Congress2006/634.pdf

2006    Wuttiprom, S., Sharma, M. D., Johnston, I., Chitaree, R. and Soankwan, C.,
            Preliminary results from a new quantum mechanics conceptual survey,
            Proceedings of the 17th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Brisbane, ISBN 0-9598064-7-4,
            retrievable from http://www.aip.org.au/Congress2006/330.pdf
 

2005    A. L. Roberts, M. D. Sharma, S. Britton, P. New,

Mathematics transfer of first year science students,

Proceedings of the 16 Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Canberra, 4 pages on CD, ISBN 0-9598064-8-2

 

2005    D. A. Muller, M. D. Sharma,

Video physics education: Falling cats and terminal velocity,

Proceedings of the 16 Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Canberra, 4 pages on CD, ISBN 0-9598064-8-2

 

2004    A. Mendez, M. Sharma B. James, D. Mills, J. Pollard, L. Kirkup, M. Livett, R. Newbury, M. Zadnik, and J. Prosser,

AUTC Physics Project: Learning outcomes and curriculum development,

Proceedings of Scholarly Inquiry into Science Teaching and Learning Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 24-29, ISBN 1 86487 665 4

 

2004    M. D. Sharma, C. Stewart and M. Prosser,

On the use of phenomenography in the analysis of qualitative data,

2003 Physics Education Research Conference, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, Madison, Wisconsin, 720, 41-44, ISBN 0-7354-0200-0

 

2003    M. D. Sharma, I. Cooper, C. Stewart,

Enhancing cross faculty teaching using web-based activities,

Advanced in Technology-Based Education: Toward a Knowledge-Based Society, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Multimedia and Information & Communication Technologies in Education, Badajoz, Spain, 1309-1313, ISBN 84-96212-09-2

 

2002    M. D. Sharma, J. Khachan, B. Chan, C. Stewart, K. Hogg and J. O'Byrne,

A classroom communication system for large first year physics classes,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney, 247-249, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    A. Whymark, C. Stewart, M. D. Sharma and M. Prosser,

Does the new HSC physics syllabus let students think differently about their physics knowledge differently?,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney, 265-267, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    A. Leung, A. Whymark, C. Stewart, M. D. Sharma and M. Prosser,

The use of qualitative analysis to measure changhes in student perception of physics as a result of changes in HSC syllabus,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney, 262-264, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    K. Wilson, M. D. Sharma and R. Millar,

Using hands-on activities in tutorials,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney, 256-258, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    M. D. Sharma, M. Cole, A. Whymark, R. Millar and A. Smith,

On the repeated use of well designed conceptual problems in summative assessment tasks,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney, 259-261, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    C. Stewart, M. D. Sharma and M. Prosser,

Just how different are they? Learning physics in the wake of the NSW HSC syllabus changeover,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney, 223-225, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    K. Hogg, J. O'Byrne R. Cross, R. Millar and M. D. Sharma,

Development of a new approach to teaching sports mechanics,

Proceedings of the 15th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Sydney 2002, 244-246, ISBN 0-9598064-4-X

 

2002    K. Wilson, T. Peseta, M. D. Sharma and R. Millar,

Evaluation of a research based teaching development in first year physics,

Proceedings of Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 63-68

 

2001    P. New, S. Britton, M. D. Sharma and A. Brew,

Researching the transferability of mathematical skills,

Proceedings of Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning Conference, UniServe Science, Sydney, 53-57

 

2000    I. D. Johnston and R. M. Millar,

Is There a Right Way to Teach Physics?,

Proceedings: Evaluating the New Technologies Workshop, UniServe Science, 37–40

 

1998        I.D. Johnston and M. Peat,

Use of the Web for University Science Teaching in Australia,

Proceedings: Computer Aided Learning and Instruction in Science and Engineering, CALISCE ‘98, Göteborg, Sweden, 161–167