Physics Education Research

Physics Education Research (PER) helps to develop research-based curriculum, from students’ understanding of various topics in physics. Researchers use physics problem solving methods in the process.


Study Opportunities

Study opportunities are available for Honours, Masters and PhD.


  1. DC circuits: III. The complex terrain of sense-making
    European Journal of Physics. Eur. J. Phys. 40 (2019) 055704 (16pp),
  2. DC circuits: II. Evidence for fine grained contextual dependence
    Eur. J. Phys. 38 (2017) 015702 (20pp)
  3. DC circuits: I. Identification of foothold ideas in DC circuits
    Eur. J. Phys. 38 (2017) 015701 (22pp)
  4. DC circuits: Context dependence of student responses
    AIP Conf. Proc. 1513, 202 (2013); doi: 10.1063/1.4789687
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    Published by the American Institute of Physics.
  5. Student difficulties in vectors: foothold ideas
    SAIP Conf. Proc. 2016, ISBN: 978-0-620-77094-1
  6. Student understanding of DC circuits: fine-grained issues
    Proceedings of SAIP2014. SA Institute of Physics  ISBN: 978-0-620-65391-6


Dr Ignatius John
Department of Mathematics & Physics

Contact Details:
(+27) 021 959 6797