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Methods of teaching physics 1

Code: 61785
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Maja Planinić - Lectures
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Maja Planinić - Seminar
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Development of interactive teaching skills competencies in prospective physics teachers; deepening of conceptual understanding of basic physics concepts with emphasis on their didactical aspects; familiarizing students with the results of physics education research and findings of modern cognitive sciences, and with their use in physics teaching. This course is followed by and strongly linked with the course Methodology of physics teaching 2.

The topics listed below are also discussed in seminar, where students give their presentations.
1. Status and content of physics education. The need for radical changes in the teaching of natural sciences.
2. Important breakthroughs in the recent development of physics teaching. Learning as development of mental structures. Assimilation and accommodation. Results of J. Piaget and physics teaching.
3. Stages of cognitive development. Development of formal thinking and procedural knowledge. Application to physics teaching..
4. Concepts in physics and students' alternative conceptions. The importance of eliciting students' alternative conceptions.
5. Examples of students' alternative conceptions.
6. Constructivist approach to physics teaching (educational constructivism).
7. Problem - oriented teaching. Conceptual change. Cognitive conflict, concept substitution, bridging analogies.
8. Types of knowledge. Declarative and procedural knowledge. The ways of physics development and their consequences on teaching.
9. Observation, experiment, physics law.
10. Models and theories in physics teaching.
11. Historical overview of some larger projects in physics teaching in the world (PSSC, PPC, Nuffield, Project 2061, NSSE). Scientific literacy. World educational standards.
12. Organization of teaching on the principles of educational constructivism.
13. Methods and results of physics education research. Test construction.
14. Role of experiments in physics teaching. Use of computers in physics teaching.
15. Physics curriculum for elementary schools, secondary schools and gymnasia.
  1. R. Krsnik: Ideje suvremene metodike fizike
  2. G. Šindler: Metodološke osnove oblikovanja početne nastave fizike
  3. A. B. Arons: Teaching Introductory Physics
  4. L. C. McDermott, P. Shaffer: Tutorials in Introductory Physics
  5. L. C. Mcdermott: Physics by Inqury
  6. A. E. Lawson: Science Teaching and Development of Thinking
  7. L. Viennot: Reasoning in Physics, The Part of Common Sense
  8. R. A. Duschl, R. J. Hamilton (eds.): Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Educational Theory and Practice
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : Fundamentals of physics 4
Passed : Physics lab 2
9. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Mathematics and Physics Education
Consultations schedule: