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Dr. Alexander Volfson is a physics lecturer; science education researcher and; a circus artist. Alexander earned his Ph.D. in Science & Technology Education in the Ben-Gurion University. His research concerns physics education, dialogic teaching, misconceptions and conceptual change. These come together in developing methods for physics teaching via circus art
2012 – 2019 Ph.D. in Science and Technology Education. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dissertation title: Physics behind Acoustical Devices: Development of a Diagnostic Instrument for Examining the Understanding of the Underlying Physics Principles Explaining How Simple Acoustic Apparatuses Work. Adviser: Prof. Haim Eshach. Co-adviser: Prof. Michael N. Fried.
2008 – 2011 M.Sc. in Science and Technology Education. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dissertation title: Dialogue on sound waves: From particle to particle. Advisers: Prof. Haim Eshach, Prof. Michael N. Fried.
2004 – 2006 Physics teacher diploma. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
2000 – 2004 B. Sc. in Physics. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Between Circus and Science. Development of research and pedagogic instruments for mechanics and thermodynamics teaching via circus art.
2019 – 2020 MOFET Institute, Israel. Grant for science teaching research.
2015 – 2018 Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, Israel. Scholarship for doctoral studies in science and technology teaching reasearch.
Introduction to physics 1&2
Peer reviewed papers
Volfson, A., Eshach, H. and Ben-Abu, Y. (2022). History of science based dialogues on sound waves: From sound atoms to phonons. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res.
Volfson, A. and Ben-Abu, Y. (2021). Developing a simple statistic for estimating mental model state due to the results of a convergent knowledge test in the case of two possible models: Preliminary study. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res.
Volfson, A., Eshach, H. and Ben-Abu, Y. (2020). Identifying physics misconceptions at the circus: The case of circular motion. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res.
Volfson, A., Eshach, H. and Ben-Abu, Y. (2020). When technology meets acoustics: Students’ ideas about the underlying principles explaining simple acoustic devices. Research in Science Education.
Eshach, H., Volfson, A. and Ben-Abu, Y. (2019). Introducing the idea of entropy to the ontological category shift theory for conceptual change: the case of heat and sound. Physical Review Physics Education Research. In press.
Volfson, A., Eshach, H. and Ben-Abu, Y. (2018). Development of a diagnostic tool aimed at pinpointing undergraduate students’ knowledge about sound and its implementation in simple acoustic apparatuses analysis. Physical Review Physics Education Research 14, 020127-1 – 020127-12.
Eshach H. and Volfson A. (2015). Explanatory model for sound amplification in a stethoscope. Physics Education 50(75).