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PHYSICS EDUCATION WITH LABORATORY

CODE 109062
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9011 MATEMATICA(LM-40) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9011 MATEMATICA(LM-40) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR FIS/08
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The teaching aims to address aspects and problems related to the teaching of Physics in secondary school. The course will provide theoretical and experimental tools to the future teacher to organize teaching and learning paths typical of the discipline to promote the development of skills related to the design, implementation, and analysis of teaching activities.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching of Physics Didactics addresses general problems of the teaching of Physics, stimulating a critical review of various theoretical, methodological and experimental aspects in reference to secondary school. The course aims to develop professional skills related to the planning and evaluation of learning of topics provided for in the national guidelines for the secondary school curriculum, or to promote the planning of educational paths aimed at making students familiar with the methods. specific investigation of Physics.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course provides theoretical knowledge and offers various examples of laboratory activities to frame the teaching processes and learning methods specific to Physics.

    Students will use the knowledge acquired in the disciplinary field to outline and critically evaluate teaching proposals and related tools (textbooks, online simulation platforms, experimental equipment, etc.). They will also acquire the technical language typical of the discipline to communicate without ambiguity with specialists and non-specialist people.

    PREREQUISITES

    The contents of the bachelor's degree in mathematics.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course is composed of two parts:

    - the first, theoretical, with lectures, including moments of discussion and work in small groups;

    - the second, laboratory, with lectures on how to organize, conduct and evaluate laboratory experiences.

    For both parts, the content will be provided by using different modalities through and demonstrations on the blackboard, the use of power point and/or video presentation, simulation (Matlab, Algodo, Java applet). For instant evaluation of the class's learning level, "clickers,” like Socrative and Wooclap, will be used.

    During the course, the student will face the study of some of the teaching methodologies proposed by the teachers, for example, discussions vs. blackboard lessons, microteaching activities, co-planning, peer-to-peer evaluation, and cooperative learning activities.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course faces some of the topics reported in the national guidelines for upper secondary school, such as classical mechanics, electromagnetism in a vacuum, thermodynamics, and optics. These topics will be addressed by referring to the problems related to teaching. The counterintuitive aspects associated with teaching these issues will also be underlined. We will start from the centrality of the scientific method to propose didactic paths aimed at familiarizing with the process that leads to the formulation of physical laws. The importance of the schematization of physical reality will be emphasized to arrive at a quantitative description of the same. Attention will be paid to the concept of approximation and error to study physical phenomena.

    The course will stimulate students to think about the critical concept of measurement in Physics. The importance of the qualitative and quantitative description of physical phenomena will be highlighted.

    The student will be guided to think about the difficulties associated with simplifying complex physical phenomena and describing them with the concepts and laws proposed during the Physics course in secondary school.

    The student will be able to design teaching activities considering the parallelism between formal and applicative aspects to describe physical reality.

    The theme of interdisciplinarity between Physics and mathematics will be emphasized.

    During the course, analyses of various types of texts (chapters of textbooks, research articles, historical-epistemological critical essays) will be proposed to make students aware of the different levels of the didactic approach in Physics: conceptual/disciplinary, cognitive, epistemological, pedagogical/didactic.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Teaching materials will be uploaded on a shared folder and made available on the Aulaweb page the course.

    The materials include slides and presentations, research articles and other materials for study (e.g.: tutorials, guides for group activities, research tools, students' protocols, etc.).

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    EDVIGE CELASCO (President)

    ELENA ANGELI

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    In accordance with the academic calendar approved by the Degree Program Board.

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam will focus on topics covered in the theory and laboratory parts.

    It will be aimed at evaluating the achievement of the learning objectives and will consist of:

    - for the theory part: a critical discussion on a resource for teachers (article, didactic material, textbook) chosen by the student and/or in the planning of a didactic proposal (lesson, demonstration and/or laboratory activity);

    - for the laboratory part: a discussion on one of the experiences proposed during the course or freely chosen by the student.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The assessment methods consist of the delivery of at least 3 written reports relating to laboratory activities and the examination as described in the previous point.