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ReleQuant

ReleQuant has developed digital, research-based learning resources in general relativity and quantum physics for upper secondary physics. Practicing physics teachers as well as physics teacher students have participated in the project through ReleQuant Competence.

ReleQuant combines:

- development of digital learning resources

- research on pupils' learning processes and motivation in physics

- research on how the collaboration develops competence in the involved practitioner groups: teacher students, teachers and researchers

Logo by pupils from Lillestrøm upper secondary school (2012-2013)

About the project


ReleQuant's objectives are:

1.    to develop digital learning resources in quantum physics and general relativity that

  • are in line with the competence aims of the Norwegian upper secondary physics curriculum
  • let pupils develop their understanding of physics collaboratively by „talking physics“ and „writing physics“
  • make use of IT resources such as animations and simulations where appropriate
  • motivate by showing the relevance of modern physics for pupils' interests and for their educational and career plans
  • encourage reflections on historical and philosophical perspectives on science - for example by presenting physicists and their various interpretations of physical phenomena
  • clarify the principles that classical physics is built upon to make clear that modern physics drastically changes these underlying principles

2.    to study how learning resources function in classroom settings and to get insight into pupils’ motivation, conceptual understanding and learning processes in modern physics

3.    to create and investigate a community of practice where physics teachers, science education researchers and teacher educators, and teacher students work together on research-based development of varied and engaging teaching in physics


Digital learning resources on viten.no (platform run by the Norwegian Centre for Science Education)

The programme "Kvantefysikk" (The English version "Quantum physics" can be found here) was released on October 20th, 2016, after four rounds of classroom trials.

The programme "Generell relativitetsteori" was released in January 2018, also after several rounds of classroom trials.The English version "General Relativity" can be found here)

Screenshots from the ReleQuant material

The background for the ReleQuant project is:

  • scarcity of both Norwegian and international research on pupils’ understanding and learning in modern physics
  • generally less teaching experience in modern physics than in classical physics among teachers
  • the competence aims in moderne physics in the Norwegian upper secondary physics curriculum are new and rather special for Norway
  • scarcity of research-based knowledge about suitbale teaching resources to meet these competence aims

 

The competence aims in the curriculum that the ReleQuant resources are developed for, are: 

  • ... give a qualitative description of the general theory of relativity
  • give an account of Einstein’s explanation of photoelectric effect, and give a qualitative account of how results from experiments with photoelectric effect, Compton scattering and the wave nature of particles represents a break with classical physics
  • give an account of Heisenberg’s uncertainty relations, describe the phenomena ”entangled photons” and give an account of their cognitive* consequences
  • elaborate on and discuss how various theories of physics can exist side by side, even though they are contradictory
  • give an example of a scientific conflict that has been resolved and how, and an example of a scientific conflict that remains unresolved and why
  • describe physical principles behind medical examinations such as X-rays,..

* "epistemological consequences" would, in ReleQuant's opinion, be a better translation


The methodological framework that ReleQuant relies on is called Educational Design Research. Important characteristics of this framework are:

  • the aim of building a bridge between research and practical classroom application
  • the development of materials practices that work in classroom settings, in parallel with establishing evidence-based knowledge  about pupils’ learning processes
  • repeated rounds of development and testing in close collaboration with practicing teachers


In ReleQuant, this is done by

  • testing the learning resources in classrooms at the University of Oslo’s partner schools
  • developing content and new approaches for each round of testing
  • studying the use of the learning resources and pupils’ motivation and learning progress with the help of observations, video- and audio-recording, collection of pupils’ oral and written responses, as well as interviews with pupils and teachers

The first round of testing that included the first modules on quantum physics started in spring 2014. In spring 2017, the module on general relativity is tested for the third time while the finished programme in quantum physics is used for the first time.


Management and funding

The physics education group at the Department of physics, University of Oslo (UiO) manages the ReleQuant project, which is conducted in collaboration with

The project started in spring 2013 and is in its finishing phase as of late 2019.

The project is supported financially by

Publications

  • Magdalena Kersting (2019). Free fall in curved spacetime—how to visualise gravity in general relativity. Physics Education.  ISSN 0031-9120.  54, s 1- 9
  • Rolf Steier & Magdalena Kersting (2019). Metaimagining and embodied conceptions of spacetime. Cognition and Instruction.  ISSN 0737-0008.  37, s 145- 168
  • Rolf Steier; Magdalena Kersting & Kenneth Silseth (2019). Imagining with improvised representations in CSCL environments. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.  ISSN 1556-1607.  14, s 109- 136
  • Anders Huseby & Berit Bungum (2019). Observation in quantum physics: challenges for upper secondary physics students in discussing electrons as waves. Physics Education.  ISSN 0031-9120.  54
  • Magdalena Kersting (2019). Navigating four dimensions – upper secondary students' understanding of movement in spacetime. Journal of Physics: Conference Series.  ISSN 1742-6588.  1287
  • Berit Bungum & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2018). Light talking: Students’ reflections on the wave-particle duality for light in small-group discussions, In Maria Andrée; Anna Jobér & Malin Ideland (ed.),  Future Educational Challenges from Science and Technology Perspectives. XVIII IOSTE Symposium Book of Proceeding.  Malmö University.  ISBN 978-91-7104-971-1.  6.  s 48 - 54
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell; Arnt Inge Vistnes & Berit Bungum (2018). What Is Light? Students’ Reflections on the Wave-Particle Duality of Light and the Nature of Physics. Science & Education.  ISSN 0926-7220.  27, s 81- 111
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Carl Angell (2018). Actual versus implied physics students: How students from traditional physics classrooms related to an innovative approach to quantum physics. Science Education.  ISSN 0036-8326.  102, s 649- 667
  • Berit Bungum; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2018). Quantum Talk: How small-group discussions may enhance students’ understanding in quantum physics. Science Education.  ISSN 0036-8326.  102, s 856- 877
  • Magdalena Kersting; Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Carl Angell (2018). General relativity in upper secondary school: Design and evaluation of an online learning environment using the model of educational reconstruction. Physical Review Physics Education Research.  ISSN 2469-9896.  14
  • Magdalena Kersting & Rolf Steier (2018). Understanding Curved Spacetime: The Role of the Rubber Sheet Analogy in Learning General Relativity. Science & Education.  ISSN 0926-7220.  27, s 593- 623
  • Berit Bungum; Carl Angell; Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2016). Physics students' understanding of fundamental principles in quantum physics, In Hahl Kaisa; Anna Uitto; Jarkko Lampiselkä; Jari Lavonen & Kalle Juuti (ed.),  Science Education Research: Engaging learners for a sustainable future..  ESERA.  ISBN 978-951-51-1541-6.  Strand 1, Chapter 3.  s 11 - 19
  • Berit Bungum & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2016). Bruk av språk og diskusjoner for å fremme elevers forståelse i kvantefysikk gjennom digitale ressurser. Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk og kritikk.  ISSN 2387-5739.  2, s 2- 16
  • Henning Vinjusveen Myhrehagen & Berit Bungum (2016). ”From the cat’s point of view”: Upper secondary physics students’ reflections on Schrödinger’s thought experiment. Physics Education.  ISSN 0031-9120.  51:055009
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2015). Prosjekt ReleKvant: Skreddersydde læringsressurser i fysikk, utviklet av forskere, lærere og lektorstudenter, In Ulrikke Elisabeth Rindal; Rachel Elise Jakhelln & Andreas Lund (ed.),  Veier til fremragende lærerutdanning.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978 - 82-15 - 025.  Kapittel 3.  s 45 - 56
  • Berit Bungum; Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell; Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen & Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2015). ReleQuant - improving teaching and learning in quantum physics through educational design research. Nordic Studies in Science Education.  ISSN 1504-4556.  11, s 153- 168
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Berit Bungum; Carl Angell; Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen; Thomas Frågåt & Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2014). Relativity, quantum physics and philosophy in the upper secondary curriculum: Challenges, opportunities and proposed approaches. Physics Education.  ISSN 0031-9120.  49, s 678- 684

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  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Susanne F Viefers & Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2019). Project ReleQuant: a research-based learning resource in modern physics for upper secondary school.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2019). ReleQuant physics education: Designing learning Resources and investigating student learning in general relativity and quantum physics.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2019). Developing learning resources and investigating students' learning in general relativity and quantum physics.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2019). Curved Spacetime: Investigating Students' Conceptual Understanding in General Relativity.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2019). Bringing general relativity to secondary schools: Design and evaluation of a digital learning environment.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2019). Free Fall in Curved Spacetime.
  • Anders Huseby & Berit Bungum (2019). "But the electron is not alive?" - Students' challenges with the concept of observation in quantum physics..
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe; Susanne F Viefers; Berit Bungum & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2019). Norwegian upper secondary students' ideas about the wave nature of matter.
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2019). High achieving students' science identity performances within STEM disciplinary cultures in Norway.
  • Thomas Frågåt; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Carl Angell (2019). Enhancing Physics Teachers’ Professional Development Using a Design-Based Research Project.
  • Magdalena Kersting & Jackie Bondell (2019). MODERNISING SCIENCE TEACHING: BRINGING THE VIRTUAL UNIVERSE INTO THE CLASSROOM.
  • Floor Kamphorst & Magdalena Kersting (2019). DESIGN BASED RESEARCH AND THE MODEL OF EDUCATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION – A COMBINED APPROACH TO DESIGN SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE INSTRUCTION.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2019). THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS.
  • Anders Huseby & Berit Bungum (2019). Observasjon i kvantefysikk: Utfordringer for fysikkelever. (Observation in quantum physics: challenges for physics students..
  • Carl Angell (2018). Relekvant - Relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk i fysikk 2.
  • Carl Angell & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2018). Relativt moderne fysikkundervisning - Kvantefysikk og generell relativitetsteori.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). General Relativity in Upper Secondary School: How Philosophy of Science Can Inform Physics Education of the 21st century.
  • Magdalena Kersting & Rolf Steier (2018). Gravity, imagination and embodied conceptions of spacetime.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). International perspectives on Einsteinian Physics at upper secondary school level.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). Navigating four dimensions – upper secondary students’ understanding of movement in spacetime.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). How history and philosophy of science can inform teaching and learning of general relativity in upper secondary school.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). How history and philosophy of science can inform teaching and learning of general relativity in upper secondary school.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). The Role of Imagination in the Language Games of the Science Classroom.
  • Berit Bungum & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2018). Light talking: Students' reflection on the wave-particle duality for light in small-group discussions.
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2018). Science identity development within teaching and learning cultures in University STEM programs.
  • Rolf Steier & Magdalena Kersting (2018). When a sandwich becomes the earth: imagination and creativity with improvised representations..
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). General Relativity in Upper Secondary School.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). Modernising Physics Teaching.
  •  (2018). Generell relativitetsteori.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). General Relativity – Why high school students should learn about Einstein’s most revolutionary idea. Titan.uio.no.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2018). Navigating Four Dimensions. Lateral Magazine.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2017). Teaching General Relativity in Upper Secondary Schools: an Educational Reconstruction.
  • Magdalena Kersting; Marjan Zadnik; Warren Stannard; John Moschilla & David Blair (2017). An International Research Collaboration in the Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics.
  • Magdalena Kersting & Henning Vinjusveen Myhrehagen (2017). A Relatively Modern Physics Lesson.
  • Berit Bungum & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2017). Combining research with development in schools within a Design-Based Research framework.
  • Thomas Frågåt (2017). General Relativity for High School Students - A teachers’ professional development workshop introducing new materials and on-line tools for teaching Einstein’s general theory of relativity to high school students.
  • Thomas Frågåt (2017). Teaching of Einsteinian physics – Experiences from a Norwegian development and research project.
  • Thomas Frågåt (2017). General Relativity for High School Students - A teachers’ professional development workshop introducing new materials and on-line tools for teaching Einstein’s general theory of relativity to high school students.
  • Magdalena Kersting; Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Carl Angell (2017). Educational Reconstruction of General Relativity Through a Collaborative Online Learning Environment.
  • Thomas Frågåt (2017). Science student teachers’ and physics teachers’ views on professional knowledge.
  • Magdalena Kersting & Rolf Steier (2017). GRAVITY, IMAGINATION AND EMBODIED CONCEPTIONS OF SPACETIME.
  • Berit Bungum; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2017). Quantum talk: How student discussions may support learning in quantum physics.
  • Thomas Frågåt; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2017). In-service physics teachers’ and pre-service science teachers’ view on professional competence.
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2017). Motivation and interest development in traditional physics classrooms in Norway.
  • Thomas Frågåt; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2017). Who is the good physics teacher? – Views from a Norwegian perspective.
  • Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen & Carl Angell (2017). ReleKvant: Aktiv og variert læring i relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk.
  • Berit Bungum; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2017). Kvantesnakk: Korleis kan diskusjonar i smågrupper støtte elevar si læring?. Naturfag.  ISSN 1504-4564.  2017, s 50- 53
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2016). Fra forskning til fysikkundervisning med ReleKvant: Nettbaserte læringsressurser i relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk, utviklet av forskere, lærere og lærerstudenter.
  • Berit Bungum; Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Thomas Frågåt & Magdalena Kersting (2016). ReleKvant - læring og undervisning i kvantefysikk og relativitetsteori.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Berit Bungum; Carl Angell; Maria Vetleseter Bøe; Thomas Frågåt & Øystein Sørborg (2016). ReleKvant: Læringsressurser i moderne fysikk på viten.no Lansering av Viten-programmet "Kvantefysikk".
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen & David Blair (2016). Einsteinian Physics; no longer optional.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2016). Pupils’ learning and understanding in quantum physics: the nature of light and the concept of quantization.
  • Magdalena Kersting; Thomas Frågåt; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2016). Introduction to ReleQuant: Developing online learning resources in modern physics.
  • Thomas Frågåt (2016). Investigating physics teachers’ professional development when collaborating in a research project.
  • Thomas Frågåt (2016). Designing and implementing a web-based teacher guide in modern physics.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell; Berit Bungum; Maria Vetleseter Bøe; Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen; Thomas Frågåt & Magdalena Kersting (2016). ReleKvant - undervisningsopplegg om relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk.
  • Thomas Frågåt; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2016). Pre-service science teachers’ views on professional knowledge.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2016). Curved space and warped time: Students’ understanding of gravity.
  • Magdalena Kersting (2016). General Relativity: Making Einstein’s Theory Teachable.
  • Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2016). Modern physics on the curriculum: Challenges to Teachers and students.
  • Rolf Steier (2016). Imagining Space and Time: distributed imagination in upper secondary physics classrooms.
  • Rolf Steier (2016). Conceptual Understanding and Embodied Learning in General Relativity.
  • Rolf Steier (2016). Designing learning spaces: moving between schools and museums.
  •  (2016). For hver etasje du går oppover I en trapp, eldes du raskere.
  •  (2016). Kvantefysikk.
  • David Blair; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Martin Hendry (2016). Why don’t we teach Einstein’s theories in school?. The Conversation.  ISSN 2201-5639.
  • Carl Angell; Berit Bungum; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2016). Relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk i vgs: Forskning og utvikling av et skoleprosjekt. Fra Fysikkens Verden.  ISSN 0015-9247.  s 21- 25
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell; Berit Bungum & Maria Vetleseter Bøe (2016). Från forskning till fysikundervisning med ReleKvant: Nätbaserade lärresurser i relativitetsteori och kvantfysik, utvecklade av forskare, lärare och lärarstudenter. Naturvetenskapens och teknikens didaktik.  1, s 53- 64
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Elisabeth Villanger-Larsen (2015). ReleKvant fysikkundervisning: Skreddersydde læringsressurser i fysikk, utviklet av forskere, lærere og lektorstudenter.
  • Berit Bungum & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2015). Bruk av språk og diskusjoner for å fremme elevers forståelse i moderne fysikk.
  • Berit Bungum; Carl Angell; Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2015). Physics students’ understanding of fundamental principles in quantum physics.
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe; Carl Angell; Berit Bungum & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2015). Entanglement: Quantum physics, history, philosophy and NoS in traditional Norwegian classrooms.
  • Carl Angell; Maria Vetleseter Bøe & Ellen Karoline Henriksen (2015). Kva er lys, eigentleg? Kva seier naturvitskapen, og kva tenkjer elevane?. Naturfag.  ISSN 1504-4564.  s 10- 13
  • Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2014). Prosjekt ReleKvant. Undervisningsstrategier og elevers begrepsutvikling i moderne fysikk..
  • Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen; Ellen Karoline Henriksen & Carl Angell (2014). ReleKvant – moderne fysikk i klasserommet.
  • Berit Bungum (2014). ReleKvant: Ressurser for undervisning i relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk.
  • Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen & Berit Bungum (2014). ReleKvant: Undervisningsstrategier og elevers begrepsutvikling i moderne fysikk.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell; Berit Bungum; Maria Vetleseter Bøe; Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen & Thomas Frågåt (2014). ReleKvant – undervisningsopplegg om relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk.
  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen; Carl Angell; Berit Bungum & Cathrine Wahlstrøm Tellefsen (2014). ReleQuant - Improving teaching and learning in quantum physics through educational design research.

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Tags: Physics education, general relativity, quantum physics, physics teacher education
Published Jan. 4, 2016 11:26 AM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2019 3:43 PM