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Physics Education

PGR-RA-137

Expertise of research area
assessment; collaborative learning; employability; Outreach; physical sciences; physics & astronomy; Spaced repetition; Transition to university; physics


<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Research in the Physics Education Group investigates ways in which students learn physics and develop as physicists in the 21st Century. Results of this research allow developments in curriculum, delivery and assessment to enhance the student experience. The Physics Education Research Group is an integral part of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Leeds.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Our research in <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-groups/doc/physics-education">Physics Education</a> encompasses the &lsquo;life-cycle&rsquo; of the student experience. Starting with outreach to inspire and engage students in university physics, we study how students learn and come to understand the concepts of physics. We investigate different revision strategies and methods of assessment, and in looking at ways that students engage with employability this comes full circle to empower students to reach out and take the next step in their physics career.</p> <p>Our specific interests are focused around:</p> <ul> <li>Transition into university physics</li> <li>Collaborative learning/peer instruction</li> <li>Keeping core learning alive in students minds / spaced repetition /</li> <li>Effective revision strategies</li> <li>Assessment for&nbsp;different learning outcomes.</li> <li>Outreach / &#39;real world&#39; physics / employability</li> </ul> <p>We welcome enquiries from interested candidates and can accommodate full-time or part-time study, based in Leeds, or at a distance with regular visits to Leeds.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-degrees">Research degrees in the School of Physics and Astronomy</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-groups/doc/physics-education">Physics Education</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-innovation">School of Physics and Astronomy, Research&nbsp;and Innovation</a>&nbsp;&ndash; 90% of research activity&nbsp;is &lsquo;world-leading&rsquo; or &lsquo;internationally excellent, latest Research Excellence Framework</li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130558/leeds_doctoral_college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: 44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>