The SUPER group is engaged in many different projects, and
we're always interested in discussing new ideas.
Contact us for more information about any of the following projects.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE PROJECTS
in teaching and learning of complex physics processes
Technology is increasingly being used in educating people about the complex discoveries being made in science. Effectively utilizing the potential of multimedia is not a trivial task, however, and requires research informed by extensive disciplinary knowledge. Researchers continue to debate the merits of dynamic visual representations versus static text and picture displays. Students undertaking this project would enter into this debate and explore the challenges of communicating the real science behind complex phenomena from lighting storms to special relativity and quantum tunneling. Several projects for either Third Year Special projects or as Honours projects are currently available.
Student learning experiences in undergraduate physics
Aaron Whymark, Manju Sharma and Chris Stewart
In what ways do physics students try to learn physics? What do they think physics actually is? What do they think about the way physics is taught? We are trying to identify understand the links between all of these different views of physics to see what groups of students we have in our undergraduate courses.
Students' conceptions of gravity
Martyn Cole and Manju Sharma
Undergraduate physics students hold particular conceptions - and misconceptions - about the nature of gravity. While many different areas of student misconceptions in physics have been studied in depth, their notions of gravity are relatively unexplored.
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