Title

Physics learning and teaching in Australian Universities

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Engineering

RAS ID

8599

Comments

Originally published as. Sharma, M., Swan, G., Mills, D., Pollard, J., Mendez, A., & O'Byrne, J. (2009). Physics learning and teaching in Australian Universities. Original article available here

Abstract

A comprehensive study of undergraduate physics learning and teaching in Australia reveals physics departments being challenged within a rapidly changing tertiary environment, where both funding per student and the physics share of the expanding tertiary market have been in decline for decades. Departments have responded in a variety of ways: developing new courses, introducing novel technologies and large- and small-scale restructuring of curricula. This study investigated current teaching methods and learning outcomes, and the role of multidisciplinary and service teaching, which is vital to the health of most departments, be they a physics department or another discipline in science. The main results of the study and some future directions are presented here.

Access Rights

open access