Didactics of Physics

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14 Weeks

Semester DD


Course details

Lectures on specific topics (e.g., motion laws, energy, time, electricity, magnetism, optics, special relativity, energy quantization, ..) in order to highlight the founding nuclei, the conceptual nodes and the learning problems, mainly related to the overcoming of common sense in physics (Naive Physics) and the formation of knowledge schemes.
Laboratory activities, on the topics presented during the lectures, to support the development of teaching methods that allow future students to increase their skills in the field of: assessment of theoretical models, inference laws, visualization and evaluation of experimental results.
Review of the history of science as a teaching method and for the development of scientific thought.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: The course is aimed at acquiring systemic knowledge in the field of Physics teaching. It is based on the most recent standards of Physics training and teaching. Activities for the preparation of high school teachers are addressed and described to increase and evaluate students' ability to reason according to the scientific method mainly addressed to the world of physics.

- to identify the conceptual nodes of a particular subject in physics;
- to be able to explain basic and essential aspects of a particular subject to secondary school students.
Conceptual nodes and educational methods have been identified and described in class for the main topics of Physics contained in the ministerial programs of secondary schools.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Students must be familiar with the scientific method of investigation and be able to apply it and transmit it in the representation and modeling of physical reality and their verification. These requirements are essential in the training of future physics teachers.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS: Students must be able to do autonomous bibliographic research using books of physical and technical content, also developing a familiarity with scientific journals. Finally they must be able to use the electronic archives available on the WEB for scientific research, making the necessary selection of the information available.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Fundamental to future teacher (and student) success is the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with students and colleagues. Without good communication skills, teachers disable the learning process. For this reason during the class the students (future teachers) are called to present their approach to the discussed lesson.

LEARNING SKILLS: Students must have acquired an understanding of the nature and ways of research in physics and how this is applicable to many fields, even different from physics itself, so as to be able to deal with the teaching of the discipline at secondary school level.