Texas Tech University

Physics Education

Overview

The Texas Tech University Physics Education Research Group consists of Prof. Thacker and three graduate students, Fatema Al-Salmani, Kyle Wipfli and Tunde Kushimo. They are working on assessing pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of Learning Assistants (LAs) in an inquiry-based physics class, assessing students' thinking skills across pedagogies,  graduate students' understanding of symmetry and conservation laws in classical mechanics and students' understanding of Quantum Computing (QC) at the undergraduate level. Dr. Thacker welcomes graduate students who are interested in physics education research.

Research Topics

  • Assessing pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of Learning Assistants (LAs) in an inquiry-based physics class
  • Assessing students' thinking skills across pedagogies, class sizes and covid/non-covid
  • Graduate students' understanding of symmetry and conservation laws in classical mechanics
  • Students' understanding of Quantum Computing (QC) at the upper-level undergraduate level. 
  • Educational Augmented Reality

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Faculty Member

Physics Education Research

Faculty Members

 

Department of Physics and Astronomy