Project-Based Physics – Physics Teacher Training Course: Physics Teacher for the 21st Century

By Renata Holubova.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The paper presents our experiences and first results from developing and running the innovation of the Physics teacher training program at the Palacky University. The first report about the project was given in 2007 at the 14th International conference on Learning (Johannesburg). A great importance for the evaluation of the project was the in-service physics teachers´ feedback (interviews, discussions, seminars, workshops). They gave us ideas from the school practice and their recommendations for changes in the university educational program. It was found out that it is necessary to educate pre-service teachers in approaches stressing the importance of the own activity of students, in competencies how to create an interdisciplinary project in modern physics topics (nanotechnology, quantum physics, quantum optics), in problems that are close to everyday life (environmental physics, technology). In the evaluated course much more time is given to the project-based physics teaching and learning. Pre-service teachers are taught how to develop, run and evaluate interdisciplinary projects. Projects are important – “real–world” physics modules, modern physics and everyday life problems can be integrated into the high school curriculum. Examples of projects that were worked out will be mentioned. Some of them are used at high school physics education – during compulsory physics lessons or in seminars (for example projects Water, How to build a house, Horror vacui, Cosmic waste, Electronic waste etc.).

Keywords: Physics Teacher, Training, Project, Interdisciplinary Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp.253-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.368MB).

Dr. Renata Holubova

senior lecturer, Department of Experimental Physics, Science Faculty, Palacky University, Olomouc, CZ, Czech Republic

Renata Holubova is a lecturer at the Department of Experimental Physics at the Palacky University in Olomouc, CZ. She is teaching Thermodynamics in the main course for all physics students. Renata is also teaching Didactics of physics. She is interested in environmental physics, simple hands on experiments and multimedia in teaching and learning. Her research interests are concerned with teaching and learning physics from the secondary school to university level. Her projects are focused on preparing new modules for teaching and learning modern physics, on interdisciplinary education, on use of simple experiments and the innovation of education programs of pre service physics teachers. She created new courses, for example Physics-technics-nature, Low cost-high tech experiments, Environmental physics etc. She works in projects of motivation and recruitment of science students – Trade fairs, competitions, Kids university.

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