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Student Group Interactions: teaching and learning Physics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This study aims to provide a reliable process for science teachers to tackle demanding conceptual parts of material. Some students’ world view is knowledge-in-pieces (KiP) as described by diSessa, Gillespie, & Esterly (2004). On the other hand, Lattery (2016) shows that other students have a coherent theory but it is often not scientifically supportable. Specifically, these ideas are incommensurable to accepted scientific theories (Chi, 2013). Each view has important and different implications for the goals and methods of instruction that lead to productive changes in the student’s knowledge structure (conceptual change).


Concordia Department of Physics is a growing department in a university with rapidly increasing rating. We offer research-based M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. Our faculty members conduct research in the areas of Condensed Matter Physics (theoretical and experimental), Molecular Biophysics, Medical Physics / Imaging, Photonics, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Computational Physics and Physics Education.

Funding Notes

Successful applicant will be offered a financial package consisting of RA, TA and various awards of at least 20,000 CAD per year (often more), for 4 year PhD. International students will be offered tuition remissions or other awards to compensate for the international tuition fees.

Please contact Professor Calvin Kalman () or Professor Valter Zazubovits, Graduate Program Director () for more information.

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