ERIC Number: ED390474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Organize the Theme and Renew the Method for Teaching Excellence in College Physics.
Toth, G. F.
In teaching a well-organized college physics course that is understandable to students, teachers should first understand students' conditions and circumstances and be clear on the goals of the course. The goals of physics teaching are commonly defined as understanding the nature of scientific reasoning and the concepts and methods of physics, while requirements tend to consist of verbally embedding special physics skills and performing mathematical calculations. The main goal of introductory courses, however, should go beyond the teaching of special skills and help students recognize the characteristics of processes. The theme of introductory physics courses should be reorganized according to the learning processes of the mind and its forms of understanding. In the context of physics instruction, understanding means that individuals can abstract the common features of events observed in nature and recognize which theorems and terms apply to observed motions and bodies. In addition to reorganizing the course, teaching methods should be renewed, shifting from the traditional lecture format to small group assignments that involve collective problem solving and discussion. If physics is worth teaching, it should be taught in a way that most benefits the students. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.