Stefan Bracher

Projects in Education and Pedagogy

Threshold Concepts in Physics Education – With Focus on the Mechanics Course (2019)

Discussion about the impact of threshold concepts on the mechanics course.

Four interesting concepts in physics education (2019)

Literature overview for four interesting concepts in physics education: Threshold Concepts, the role of alternative student conceptsions, conceptions of learning science, and the influence of motivation on learning.

Motivational Strategies Inventory (2019)

Motivational Strategies Inventory

Overview of the various theories related to student motivation and its influence on the learning process.

Article Review - Physics Textbooks: Do They Promote or Inhibit Students' Creative Thinking (2019)

Article Review - Physics Textbooks: Do They Promote or Inhibit Students' Creative Thinking

Video Review of the article: "Physics Textbooks: Do They Promote or Inhibit Students' Creative Thinking" by Aviva Klieger and Guy Sherman (2015) (Klieger & Sherman, 2015)

The Swiss Education System - ... and the place of vocational education (2017)

The Swiss Education System

Presentation of the Swiss Education System and the place of vocational education given at the Shaanxi Energy Institute in Xianyang, China.

Literature Review: Learning Across the Disciplines (2017)

Literature Review on learning across the disciplines

Literature Review on learning across the disciplines, discussing the holistic and discipline specific approaches to learning. How do we learn best? Is it better to take a holistic approach or to specialize in a specific area due to the overwhelming amount of material to be learned?

Literature Review: How students learn in physics - the difference between experts and novices (2016)

How students learn physics

Literature review on how students learn in physics, covering the role of alternative conceptions (misconceptions) in learning physics as well as the difference between experts' and novices' approaches to physics (surface approach, problem memorization, backwards inference, the role of math).

Critical didactic analysis – Misconceptions about the nature of surface contact forces (2016)

How students learn physics

Discussion of a new instructional strategy using multi-dimensional scales to address the misconceptions about the nature of surface contact forces.

Article Review - Fritz Kubli: Do we need a philosophy of science education (2016)

Critical review of Fritz Kublis article "Do we need a philosophy of science education?" (Kubli 2010), making a case for historically-based physics teaching.