COURSE GOALS: Enable students to conduct enquiry  based interactive physics teaching in elementary and high schools. Link physics content knowledge with pedagogical knowledge, teaching techniques and attitudes about learning and teaching of physics. Introduce students to the key ideas and the most frequent pupils' conceptual, mathematical and reasoning difficulties related to the basic concepts of mechanics of a rigid body, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, optics and modern physics. Develop teacher's ability to communicate physics content to pupils in a way which is adapted to their age and knowledge level. Introduce students to the principles of physics test construction and the tests of state matriculation exam in physics
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of new insights into contemporary physics teaching methods and strategies;
1.5. describe the framework of natural sciences;
1.6. integrate physics content knowledge with knowledge of pedagogy, psychology, didactics and teaching methods courses;
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.6. create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning and promotes continuing development of pupils' skills and knowledge;
2.7. plan and design appropriate teaching lessons and learning activities based on curriculum goals and principles of interactive enquirybased teaching;
2.8. plan and design efficient and appropriate assessment strategies and methods to evaluate and ensure the continuous development of pupils;
3. MAKING JUDGMENTS
3.1. develop clear and measurable learning outcomes and objectives in teaching based on curriculum goals;
3.3. reflect on and evaluate their own practice of teaching;
3.4. accept responsibilities in planning and managing teaching duties;
3.5. demonstrate professional integrity and ethical behaviour in work with pupils and colleagues;
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
1) explain and apply key physics ideas, models and laws of mechanics of rigid body, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, optics and modern physics in a way accessible to students
2) state and explain the most frequent pupils' conceptual, mathematical and reasoning difficulties related to basic physics concepts taught at school level and the methods for their resolution
3) explain and apply basic principles of construction of a school physics test
4) demonstrate the use of interactive engagement teaching methods in seminars
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
15 weeks, 2 periods of lectures and 4 periods of seminars per week
1) (6 periods) Principles of construction, evaluation and grading of physics tests. Construction of an example of a school physics test. Analysis of the state matriculation exam in physics.
2) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to the law of energy conservation.
3) (6 periods) Implementation of energy bar charts in physics teaching.
4) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to the law of momentum conservation. Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to the statics of a rigid body.
5) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to fluid mechanics. Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to the rotation of a rigid body.
6) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to particulate structure of matter.
7) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to gas laws and the first and the second law of thermodynamics.
8) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to electrostatics.
9) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to direct and alternate current electrical circuits.
10) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to electromagnetism. Surface charges in direct current electrical circuits.
11) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to oscillations and waves. School competitions in physics.
12) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to geometrical optics. School competitions in physics.
13) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to wave optics.
14) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to special theory of relativity. Astronomy in physics teaching.
15) (6 periods) Key ideas and pupils' difficulties related to quantum physics.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students are required to regularly attend lectures and seminars, hand in homework assignments and give two seminars.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Students are evaluated on two tests and two seminars.
Maximum score = 120 points = seminars (30) + 1. test (45) + 2. test (45)
Students who obtain more than 80% of points on each test do not have to take the oral exam.
Students who obtain less than 50% on any one of the tests or do not earn at least 50% of homework points must repeat the course (each test can be taken twice).
The final grade is formed on the basis of the total number of points and the result of the oral exam.
