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Education Research

Leader: Husman
Other participating faculty: Bowden, Brem

A significant limiting factor in our efforts to meet the Terawatt Challenge is human capital: The PV market is growing at 40% annually requires a constant influx of well-trained PV scientists, engineers, and installers. Despite the prevalence and importance of semiconductor devices (like solar cells), there is little empirical basis for making recommendations concerning semiconductor instruction. The goal of this cross-cutting research theme is thus to examine the effects of existing PV curriculum on students’ mental representations of the underlying physics, and, based on the results, provide guidance regarding learning in the PV and semiconductor communities. A study by the team has already revealed common misconceptions about the concepts of drift and diffusion; current research is using think-aloud and written protocols to further probe PV education.

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