Identification of threshold concepts involved in early electronics

some new methods and results

J. Scott, A. Harlow

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This manuscript reports the threshold concepts identified over a two-year study in early circuits and electronics courses. Some novel methods have been used to improve confidence in the identification process. We also identify some concepts, potentially threshold, that ought to have been mastered in high-school physics courses but that are often absent from student repertoires. Weak understanding of these underlying concepts may be a confusing factor for researchers in their search for threshold concepts as well as an additional source of trouble for students of electronics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalAustralasian Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • threshold concepts
  • electronics
  • electronics engineering education
  • modelling
  • power engineering education
  • reactive power
  • ontology

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