Quantum science in a nutshell: fostering students' functional understanding of models

Malte S. Ubben, Joaquin M. Veith, Avraham Merzel, Philipp Bitzenbauer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Fostering students' understanding of models is a challenge. However, in particular for learning quantum physics an elaborate understanding of models is required. We investigated activities to foster students' functional thinking about (quantum) models in a synchronous online course. The results of an evaluation study (N = 59) showed that the participants improved in their quantum physical thinking about photons and had slightly improved their understanding of physics models in general. A correlation analysis indicates that there are no significant correlations between the students' general understanding of models in physics and their functional understanding of quantum models. Implications of our findings for both teaching and future research with regard to quantum physics education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1192708
JournalFrontiers in Education
StatePublished - 2023


  • evaluation
  • model understanding
  • online course
  • photons
  • quantum physics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'Quantum science in a nutshell: fostering students' functional understanding of models'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this