After completing the course the student should be able to:
explain and discuss different approaches and theoretical perspectives in physics education
design, implement, evaluate teaching and further develop materials informed by physics education research
plan and perform an empirical research study on physics teaching and learning
explain, discuss and relate to, in oral and written form, the role of physics education research in informing the teaching and learning of physics.
look for, present, and critically discuss subject-based education literature in physics.
The course will provide broad overviews of :
Physics teaching and learning, based on the findings of physics education research. Historical development of physics ideas that carry special significance for physics teaching and learning. Student-centered approaches to physics teaching and learning. Different theoretical approaches to students' understanding of physics content and student difficulties, and their application in physics teaching. The role and importance of student interest, motivation and metacognition in learning physics. An epistemological perspective on learning in relation to scientific practices and ways of thinking. Physics education research in different areas of physics, for example: mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, optics, electromagnetism, astronomy and/or quantuum mechanics.
The course will be given as an interactive seminar based on the distributed reading materials.
Written assignments during the course (5 hp), a written research plan for an empirical study and a written report on the implementation and findings of the study (5 hp) and the development and implementation of a written lesson plan on a selected topic in physics (5 hp).