Course title Physics Education II
Code F129
Status Lectures, seminars, field experience (school)
Level Basic course
Year 2nd Semester 4th
Lecturer Vanja Radolić, PhD, Associate Professor,

Igor Miklavčić, lecture

Course objective To enable students for successful and autonomous work as physics teacher in primary and secondary school
Prerequisites Physics Education I
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, student will be able to:

  1. to define aim and learning objectives of physics in secondary school
  2. to develop physics syllabus for secondary school and to write teacher preparation textbook as well as classroom tutorial for pupils
  3. to describe and comment criteria for grading of oral and written exams in secondary school and to evaluate the validity and reliability of such test using parameters of classical test theory
  4. to apply some interactive teaching methods in physics class
  5. to apply a different educational approaches in class (school physics competitions, field class, collaboration with NGOs which promote the interest for physics and astronomy, …)
  6. to solve and to evaluate the solutions of classical conceptual tests ( TUG-K, FCI, MBT, CSEM, DIRECT, WCI, LCI, …)
  7. to apply specific teaching strategies for work with talented children as well with children with special needs
  8. to invent some projects and project tasks for the implementation in the class


Correlation of learning outcomes, teaching methods and evaluation
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance 0,5 1, 3-8 Class attendance Evidence list 0 5
Seminars 2 2,3 Developing of  physics syllabus for secondary school; writing the teacher preparation textbook as well as classroom tutorial for pupils; making and presentation of posters using in classroom Grading seminars (for syllabus up to 10 points, for preparation textbooks and tutorials up to 10 points and for posters up to 5 points)) 0 25
Final exam 2,5 1,2,6 Adoption of physical content and concepts in secondary school; conceptual problem solving written exam 0 40
Final exam 2 1-10 Repetition of teaching materials Oral exam 0 30
Consultations Thursday, 12-13:30
Gained competencies Ability to apply traditional and modern (interactive) teaching strategies and methods in physics teaching in primary school. Development of analytical and logical approach to problem solving. Development of written and oral communication capabilities.
Content (Course curriculum) Lectures:

Detailed didactical instruction on physics syllabus implementation in different secondary school environment. Methodology of working with talented pupils. Pupils competitions. Making presentations and different materials for visualisation and popularisation of physics.

Seminars and teaching experience in primary school:

Habits of experiential learning and teaching are acquired in cooperative seminar exercises in faculty settings and during teaching in schools under the control of experienced teachers (mentors) and faculty stuff.

Recommended reading [1] Secondary school textbooks

[2] Selected articles from: Physics Education, Physics Teacher, Science Education, International J. of Science Education, J. of Research in Science Education itd.

[3] Selected articles from: Matematičko-fizički list, Čovjek i svemir, Priroda
Additional reading [1] Leading projects in physics education: PSSC Physics, Harvard Project Physics, Nuffield 0 Level Physics, Nuffield Advanced Physics.

[2] Internet web sites about physics
Instructional methods Experimental learning through cooperative work in academic settings (seminars) and real settings (school teaching):

a) workshops experience in faculty class consisting of theoretical preparation for school teaching and discoursing after school teaching using techniques of action research and multimedia technology (analysis of video and audio materials)

b) secondary school teaching (students have to listen at least 5 lectures of school teacher before he/she lecture for grade)

Exam formats 1. Practical (30%):

Quality of student’s activity in seminars and school teaching is crucial measure of success in course.

2. Written (40%):

20 questions (10 theoretical and 10 conceptual) -> 100 points!

Need to obtain at least 25 point on theory and 25 points on conceptual questions for successful passing the written exam

3. Oral (30%):

Presentation of one methodical unit in imaginary class environment. Checking of knowledge and understanding of physical syllabus in secondary school with special attention to key elements (quantities, phenomena, laws, experiments, … ). Identification of the most frequent misconceptions in different conceptual areas.

Language Croatian
Quality control and successfulness follow up Students interview

Statistic reports on success in course

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