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Teaching in higher education through the use of variation: examples from distillation, physics and process dynamics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Materials Science, Physics Didactics. (Fysikens didaktik, Physics Education Research)
2009 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898, Vol. 34, no 4, 369-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary learning research and development that is embedded in primary and secondary schooling is increasingly acknowledging the significance of a variation approach for enhancing the possibility of learning. However, the variation approach has so far attracted very little attention in higher education, but where it has, the results have been most worthwhile and encouraging. In this article, aspects of the approach that are useful for higher education are described and illustrated using three examples: learning distillation in third-year chemical engineering using a computer simulation, learning Newton's third law in first year physics using an interactive class session, and a proposal for teaching and learning a particular application of Laplace transforms in process dynamics. It is contended that explicit use of variation enhances the possibility of learning for students.

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2009. Vol. 34, no 4, 369-381 p.
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Engineering education research
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-115551DOI: 10.1080/03043790902989507OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-115551DiVA: diva2:295552
Available from: 2010-02-17 Created: 2010-02-17 Last updated: 2013-06-14Bibliographically approved

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