ERIC Number: EJ891983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Teaching Physics Using Appropriate Technology Projects
Pearce, Joshua M.
Physics Teacher, v45 n3 p164-167 Mar 2007
Appropriate technologies able to be easily and economically constructed from readily available materials by local craftspeople have a central role in the alleviation of poverty in the developing world. However, research and development of these technologies are generally apportioned relatively modest support by the developed world's institutions, in part because the operation of many of these appropriate technologies is dependent on relatively well-understood science accessible even to introductory college physics students. This paper describes a project-based assignment used to capitalize on this opportunity to motivate students to learn physics by offering them a chance to make concrete contributions to the optimization of appropriate technologies for sustainable development.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Appropriate Technology, Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Student Projects, Student Motivation, College Science, Introductory Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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