Students' perceptions of teaching and learning in first-year university physics

Richard White, Richard Gunstone, Enno Elterman, Ian Macdonald, Brian McKittrick, David Mills, Pam Mulhall

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The transition from school to university involves substantial change in the structure and organization of teaching, and in the nature and purpose of learning contexts. This paper, which reports some data from a broader study of learning and teaching in first year university physics, focuses on aspects of the school-university transition. In particular, we report perceptions of first year physics students about how they should learn physics, what it is intended they should learn, and what they believe to be the functions of the various teaching situations in which they are placed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-478
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Science Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995


  • undergraduate
  • Teaching and Learning
  • perceptions
  • science

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