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Feature Journal Club presentation

Details – when and where


Past Journal Club presentations


Feature Journal Club Presentation: Laboratory exercises outside the classroom

Presentations by Linda StrubbeThomas Dixon, Charles Parry.


Details – when and where

PERfECT runs a monthly journal club giving an overview of physics education research published in the preceding two weeks. Each session, group members also present in-depth on two research papers that we have found particularly interesting and relevant.

For 2021, PERfECT journal club will run on the last Monday of each month from 1:00–2:00 pm. If you are interested in attending our journal club, please sign up for the mailing list by emailing thomas.dixon@unsw.edu.au

Note: Due to the COVID-19 shutdown at UNSW, Journal Club is now conducted via Zoom call. Details of the call are sent out to the JC mailing list each fortnight. 

Anyone with an interest in physics and education is welcome to attend. We especially welcome undergraduate education students considering becoming physics teachers.

We occasionally run special sessions of Journal Club, where all papers fit a research theme such as ‘Equity in Physics’ or ‘Quantitative Research Methods in PER’. If you are interested in a particular theme, or have a PER paper that you think would be of interest to the group, please send an email to thomas.dixon@unsw.edu.au.


Past JC Presentations

Past Journal Club Presentations

TopicPaper referenceDate presentedPresenterDownload presentation
Active EngagementDeslauriers, L., McCarty, L. S., Miller, K., Callaghan, K., & Kestin, G. (2019). Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(39), 19251-192572020-02-24Elizabeth Angstmannlink
Quantum MechanicsZhu, G., & Singh, C. (2011). Improving students’ understanding of quantum mechanics via the Stern–Gerlach experiment. American Journal of Physics, 79(5), 499-5072020-02-24Sam Waitlink
Teacher TrainingGray, K. E., Webb, D. C., & Otero, V. K. (2016). Effects of the learning assistant model on teacher practice. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12(2), 20216-202262020-03-09Kate Jacksonlink
Online LearningKestin, G., Miller, K., McCarty, L. S., Callaghan, K., & Deslauriers, L. (2020). Comparing the effectiveness of online versus live lecture demonstrations. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(1), 0131012020-03-09Petr Lebedev
GenderHazari, Z., Sonnert, G., Sadler, P., and Shanahan, M.C. (2010). Connecting High School Physics Experiences, Outcome Expectations, Physics Identity, and Physics Career Choice: A Gender Study. J. Res. Sci. Teach., 47(8), 978-10032020-03-23Elizabeth Angstmann
Teacher TrainingBuabeng, I., Conner, L., & Winter, D. (2015). The Lack of Physics Teachers: “Like a Bath with the Plug out and the Tap half on”. American Journal of Educational Research. 3(6), 721-7302020-03-23Michael De La Pena
Online LearningFinkelstein, N.D., Adams, W.K., Keller, C.J., Kohl, P.B., Perkins, K.K., Podolefsky, N.S., Reid, S. and LeMaster, R., 2005. When learning about the real world is better done virtually: A study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment. Physical review special topics-physics education research, 1(1), p.0101032020-04-06Linda Strubbe(see featured video)
Online LearningMoosvi, F., Reinsberg, S. and Rieger, G., 2019. Can a Hands-On Physics Project Lab be Delivered Effectively as a Distance Lab?. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 20(1)2020-04-06Thomas Dixon(see featured video)
Online LearningLiterature review of distance laboratory systems2020-04-06Charles Parry(see featured video)
Institutional ChangeQuan, G.M., Corbo, J.C., Finkelstein, N.D., Pawlak, A., Falkenberg, K., Geanious, C., Ngai, C., Smith, C., Wise, S., Pilgrim, M.E. and Reinholz, D.L., (2019). Designing for institutional transformation: Six principles for department-level interventions. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(1), p.0101412020-04-20Thomas Dixonlink
Institutional ChangeDancy, M., Henderson, C. and Turpen, C., 2016. How faculty learn about and implement research-based instructional strategies: The case of peer instruction. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12(1), p.0101102020-04-20Christine Lindstrømlink
Online LearningMeans, B., Toyama, Y., Murphy, R. and Baki, M., 2013. The effectiveness of online and blended learning: A meta-analysis of the empirical literature. Teachers College Record, 115(3), pp.1-472020-05-04Shannon Melroselink
MultimediaMorphew, J.W., Gladding, G.E. and Mestre, J.P., 2020. Effect of presentation style and problem-solving attempts on metacognition and learning from solution videos. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(1), p.0101042020-05-04Petr Lebedev
Meta-PERKraft, M. A. 2020. ‘Interpreting Effect Sizes of Education Interventions’, Educational Researcher. doi: 10.3102/0013189X209127982020-05-18Thomas Dixonlink
Teacher TrainingCovid crisis could see learning designers supplant academic roles2020-05-18Kate Jacksonlink
Study TechniquesDunlosky, J., Rawson, K.A., Marsh, E.J., Nathan, M.J. and Willingham, D.T., 2013. Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), pp.4-582020-06-01Elizabeth Angstmannlink
Study TechniquesMonica G.M. Ferguson-Hessler & Ton de Jong (1990) Studying Physics Texts: Differences in Study Processes Between Good and Poor Performers, Cognition and Instruction, 7:1, 41-542020-06-01Thomas Dixonlink
Active EngagementHake, R.R., 1998. Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses. American journal of Physics, 66(1), pp.64-74.2019-04-08Elizabeth Angstmann
Active EngagementSchwartz, D.L. and Bransford, J.D., 1998. A time for telling. Cognition and instruction, 16(4), pp.475-5223.2019-04-08Christine Lindstrøm
MultimediaMayer, R.E., 2002. Multimedia learning. In Psychology of learning and motivation (Vol. 41, pp. 85-139). Academic Press.2019-05-06Petr Lebedev
Meta-PERCarlson, J. and Daehler, K.R., 2019. The refined consensus model of pedagogical content knowledge in science education. In Repositioning pedagogical content knowledge in teachers’ knowledge for teaching science (pp. 77-92). Springer, Singapore.2019-05-06Christine Lindstrøm
Student MisconceptionsEaton, P., Vavruska, K. and Willoughby, S., 2019. Exploring the preinstruction and postinstruction non-Newtonian world views as measured by the Force Concept Inventory. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(1), p.010123.2019-05-20Thomas Dixon
ExperimentationAxani, S.N., Conrad, J.M. and Kirby, C., 2017. The Desktop Muon Detector: A simple, physics-motivated machine-and electronics-shop project for university students. American Journal of Physics, 85(12), pp.948-958.2019-05-20Samuel Wait
Institutional ChangeDancy, M., Henderson, C. and Turpen, C., 2016. How faculty learn about and implement research-based instructional strategies: The case of peer instruction. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12(1), p.010110.2019-06-03Thomas Dixon
Active EngagementDriver, R., Asoko, H., Leach, J., Scott, P. and Mortimer, E., 1994. Constructing scientific knowledge in the classroom. Educational researcher, 23(7), pp.5-12.2019-06-17Petr Lebedev
Active EngagementHattie, J. and Timperley, H., 2007. The power of feedback. Review of educational research, 77(1), pp.81-112.2019-07-10Thomas Dixon
ExperimentationZwickl, B.M., Hu, D., Finkelstein, N. and Lewandowski, H.J., 2015. Model-based reasoning in the physics laboratory: Framework and initial results. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 11(2), p.020113.2019-07-29Christine Lindstrøm
Meta-PERKnaub, A.V., Aiken, J.M. and Caballero, M.D., 2019. Focused Collection: Quantitative Methods in PER: A Critical Examination. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(2), p.020001.2019-08-11Thomas Dixon
GenderLindstrøm, C. and Sharma, M.D., 2011. Self-efficacy of first year university physics students: Do gender and prior formal instruction in physics matter?. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (formerly CAL-laborate International), 19(2).2019-08-26Christine Lindstrøm
Study TechniquesDunlosky, J., Rawson, K.A., Marsh, E.J., Nathan, M.J. and Willingham, D.T., 2013. Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), pp.4-58.2019-10-26Elizabeth Angstmann
Study TechniquesByun, T. and Lee, G., 2014. Why students still can't solve physics problems after solving over 2000 problems. American Journal of Physics, 82(9), pp.906-913.2019-11-04Chadil Wong
Institutional ChangeCorbo, J.C., Reinholz, D.L., Dancy, M.H., Deetz, S. and Finkelstein, N., 2016. Framework for transforming departmental culture to support educational innovation. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12(1), p.010113.2019-11-18Thomas Dixon
ExperimentationWalsh, C., Quinn, K.N., Wieman, C. and Holmes, N.G., 2019. Quantifying critical thinking: Development and validation of the physics lab inventory of critical thinking. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(1), p.010135.2019-11-18James Thomas
Study TechniquesChi, M.T. and Wylie, R., 2014. The ICAP framework: Linking cognitive engagement to active learning outcomes. Educational psychologist, 49(4), pp.219-243.2020-06-15Thomas Dixonlink
Active EngagementPollock, S.J., Finkelstein, N.D. and Kost, L.E., 2007. Reducing the gender gap in the physics classroom: How sufficient is interactive engagement?. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 3(1), p.010107.2020-06-15Shannon Melroselink
Meta-PERUwimpuhwe, G., Singh, A., Higgins, S., Coux, M., Xiao, Z., Shkedy, Z. and Kasim, A., 2020. Latent Class Evaluation in Educational Trials: What Percentage of Children Benefits from an Intervention?. The Journal of Experimental Education, pp.1-15.2020-06-29Thomas Dixonlink
Active EngagementFink, A. and Frey, R.F., 2020. Clicker Implementation Styles in STEM. In Active Learning in College Science (pp. 173-188). Springer, Cham.2020-06-29Margaret Wegenerlink
Institutional ChangeDweck, C.S. and Yeager, D.S., 2019. Mindsets: A view from two eras. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(3), pp.481-496.2020-08-10Christine Lindstrømlink
Meta-PERKanim, S. and Cid, X.C., 2020. Demographics of physics education research. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(2), p.020106.2020-08-10Thomas Dixonlink
Meta-PERBurkholder, E., Walsh, C. and Holmes, N.G., 2020. Examination of quantitative methods for analyzing data from concept inventories. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(1), p.010141.2020-08-24Shannon Melroselink
Meta-PERStrubbe, L.E., Madsen, A.M., McKagan, S.B. and Sayre, E.C., 2020. Beyond teaching methods: Highlighting physics faculty’s strengths and agency. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(2), p.020105.2020-08-24Thomas Dixonlink
Online LearningCrook, C. and Schofield, L., 2017. The video lecture. The Internet and Higher Education, 34, pp.56-64.2020-09-7Thomas Dixonlink
Teacher TrainingFracchiolla, C., Prefontaine, B. and Hinko, K., 2020. Community of practice approach for understanding identity development within informal physics programs. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(2), p.020115.2020-10-19Thomas Dixonlink
Online LearningStone, C. and Springer, M., 2019. Interactivity, connectedness and 'teacher-presence': Engaging and retaining students online. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 59(2), p.1462020-10-19Elizabeth Angstmannlink
ExperimentationHoehn, J.R. and Lewandowski, H.J., 2020. Incorporating writing in advanced lab projects: A multiple case-study analysis. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(2), p.020161.2021-03-01Thomas Dixonlink
Expert SegmentCognitive Load Theory
2021-03-01Christine Lindstrømlink
Expert SegmentCognitive Load Theory, Continuation2021-03-15Elizabeth Angstmannlink
Experimentation / DemonstrationsKácovský, P. and Snětinová, M., 2021. Physics demonstrations: who are the students appreciating them?. International Journal of Science Education, pp.1-23.
Thomas Dixonlink
Meta-PERElby, A. and Yerdelen-Damar, S., 2020. Rethinking the relationship between instructors and physics education researchers. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 16(2), p.020151.
2021-03-29Thomas Dixonlink
Expert SegmentExpert-Novice Differences2021-03-29Elizabeth Angstmannlink
Expert SegmentVygostky's Zone of Proximal Development2021-05-10Elizabeth Angstmannlink
Laboratory PhysicsHolmes, N.G., Olsen, J., Thomas, J.L. and Wieman, C.E., 2017. Value added or misattributed? A multi-institution study on the educational benefit of labs for reinforcing physics content. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 13(1), p.010129.2021-05-24Thomas Dixonlink
Expert SegmentStudent engagement and motivation – precursors to plagiarism?2021-05-24Kate Jacksonlink
Laboratory PhysicsNovel Assessment Methods in Physics Laboratories2021-06-28Thomas Dixonlink
AssessmentBlum, S. D., & Kohn, A. (2020). Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (And What to Do Instead). West Virginia University Press.
2021-06-28Elizabeth Angstmannlink
GenderStoeckel, M.R. and Roehrig, G.H., 2021. Gender differences in classroom experiences impacting self-efficacy in an AP Physics 1 classroom. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 17(2), p.020102.2021-07-26Kate Jacksonlink
GenderEran-Jona, M. and Nir, Y., 2021. Choosing physics within a gendered power structure: The academic career in physics as a “deal”. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 17(2), p.020101.2021-07-26Thomas Dixonlink