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written by Weijia Zhang and Robert G. Fuller
Research has shown that: a) students' initial ideas and mental models play an important role in physics learning, b) technology is an effective instructional tool if appropriately used, and c) assessment is a vital component of physics education research. Our research in using multimedia to teach optics to college students includes three phases: the investigation of students' understanding of light, the instructional design, and the assessment of students' learning.

In the first phase, a quantitative method was used to analyze students' free responses and to obtain a general picture of students' knowledge about light and optics. Based on this analysis, semi-structured interviews were designed to more fully investigate students' understanding of the wave nature of light. From the investigation of students' understanding of light and optics, some general ideas that form the basis for our design have been formulated.
International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education
College Park, MD: July 31-August 3, 1996
Volume 399, Pages 871-874
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Optics
- General
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
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© 1996 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.53195
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01.40.G-
01.50.F-
01.40.Di
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W. Zhang and R. Fuller, presented at the International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education, College Park, MD, 1996, WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.53195).
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W. Zhang and R. Fuller, Combining cognitive research and multimedia for teaching light and optics, presented at the International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education, College Park, MD, 1996, <http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.53195>.
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Zhang, W., & Fuller, R. (1996, July 31-August 3). Combining cognitive research and multimedia for teaching light and optics. Paper presented at International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education, College Park, MD. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.53195
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Zhang, Weijia, and Robert Fuller. "Combining cognitive research and multimedia for teaching light and optics." Paper presented at the International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education, College Park, MD, July 31-August 3, 1996. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.53195 (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Zhang, Weijia, and Robert Fuller. "Combining cognitive research and multimedia for teaching light and optics." International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education. College Park, MD: 1996. 871-874 Vol. 399 26 Nov. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.53195>.
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