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ERIC Number: ED527690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
How to Stimulate Students' Interest in Nuclear Physics?
Elbanowska-Ciemuchowska, Stefania; Giembicka, Magdalena Anna
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 5 p678-687 2011
Teaching nuclear physics in secondary schools offers us a unique possibility to increase our students' awareness of the influence that modern science and its achievements have on the everyday life of contemporary people. Students gain an opportunity to learn in what ways the outcome of laboratory research is put to use in such fields as medicine, technology, food conservation and the power industry. At the same time, it is a difficult subject to teach as the physics behind it and the mathematical apparatus required to describe it are very advanced. This part of school curriculum demands abstract thinking and frequently exceeds the students' cognitive powers. In this paper, we will present some teaching techniques which, while being suitable for teaching nuclear physics in secondary schools, stimulate the students' interests and engage them in the learning process. While considering traditional methods of teaching physics, which comprise lectures, problem-solving and experiments, as fundamental and thus not to be neglected, we proposed to improve the teaching process by using such techniques as discussions, students' projects, portfolios, didactic games and excursions. (Contains 5 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Poland