Title

Learning the language of physics to understand the physical world : A model for teaching introductory physics

Date of Publication

2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education Major in Physics

Subject Categories

Physics

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Science Education

Abstract/Summary

Using Grounded Theory methodology, this study puts forward a Model for Teaching Introductory Physics based on the lived experiences of Physics teachers. Sixteen (16) faculty members from the Physics Department of a private higher educational institution were observed during their actual classroom teaching. From this group, eight (8) were interviewed regarding their purposes and goals when teaching Introductory Physics. Using the data generated from the classroom observation field notes and the interview transcripts, and subjecting said data to a constant comparative method, the initial core categories and their properties were developed. Analytic memos were written to show the relationship between and within the categories that had been created. The result of the research process is an articulation of how the core categories are related to each other, The person of the teacher and the image of the learner, in partnership, working towards learning the language of Physics supported by a conducive learning environment and lesson design, with the end in mind of understanding the physical world. The insights gleaned in the study can be used by both beginning and established Physics teachers in their development and in examining their own teaching practice.

Abstract Format

html

Language

English

Format

Electronic

Accession Number

CDTG005044

Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Keywords

Physics--Study and teaching; Physics teachers; Private universities and colleges

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