The Computerized Models in Physics Teaching: Computational Physics and ICT

By Psycharis S. Psycharis.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Computational Physics is considered as a multidisciplinary field which includes Computational Science Engineering and Mathematics. Physics Instruction has incorporated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a fundamental part of Instruction. Despite this incorporation, it lacks of certain typology about what modelling and simulation is and what are the basic characteristics which should be involved in Physics Instruction. In addition to that people from usually consider that ICT’s inclusion should remain only at the level of expressive models created using certain ready software. In the article we propose a typology of modelling and simulations and we apply the methodology of Computational Physics as tools for the instruction leading to Models in Didactics in all levels of Education. According to the proposal, students should be involved in the creation of code programming and algorithms in order to increase their level of understanding as well as critical and creative thinking.Finally we introduce a scientific solving problem paradigm based on the above typology and we present software applications in various thematic units .

Keywords: Computational Physics, Simulation, Models, Didactics

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp.111-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 721.195KB).

Prof. Psycharis S. Psycharis

Member of Staff, Department of Education, School of Pedagogy and Technology, University of the Aegean-Aspaite, Athens, Greece

Sarantos Psycharis holds a PhD in Computational Physics and an MSc in Information Technology. His research interests include ICT in education, e-learning, artificial intelligence, educational software, and pedagogy.

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