DIDACTICA STRATEGIES IN TEACHING PHYSICS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Discover the specificity of the teaching of physics. Use the curiosity to teach physics. Integration between spontaneous observation, guided observation, experimentation and theory. Physics as formalized observation of nature.
Fundaments of kinematics and dynamics.
Course contents summary
During the course, some theoretical lectures will be used as a main trace. The topics will be related to specificities of the teaching of physics. What is Physics. Laws-models-theories. From curiosity to laws. Observation of "inexplicable" phenomena. Various degrees of experimentation. Perception problems. Motion laws from Aristotele to Newton (and more). Measurement theory. Most of the course will be devoted to experiments: they will be designed together with students. The scope is to build model experiments for the teaching of physics. The main topics of the experiments will be mechanics and optics.
Notes of the teacher. Essential bibliography of each topic will be provided.
Laboratory experiments: from design, through execution to the verification. Between experiences, theoretical lectures will be present.
Assessment methods and criteria
Mostly oral examination (weight 70%). Evaluation of the laboratory work during the course (30%).