Measurement uncertainty as a threshold concept in physics

Anna Wilson, Gerlese Akerlind, Paul Francis, Les Kirkup, Jo McKenzie, Darren Pearce, Manjula D. Sharma


We report on the initial findings of a study aimed at developing ways to address threshold concepts in the design of undergraduate curricula, involving academics in two disciplines (physics and law) from four Australian universities The present paper compares two different processes by which physics academics identified and characterised a candidate threshold concept, measurement uncertainty, using student interviews and their own experiences as teachers.

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