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Interdisciplinary high-school curriculum in electro-optics as a tool to enhance students' interest in optics and electronics
Author(s): Aharon Gero; Efrat Zach

Paper Abstract

An interdisciplinary curriculum in electro-optics was recently developed and implemented in a leading high school. This unique three-year program integrates optics and electronics and is designed to enhance students' interest in these areas. The study described here characterized the changes during the course of the school year in the attitudes towards the program and towards future pursuit of physics and engineering of fourteen 12th grade students. Questionnaires and semistructured interviews were used to collect data. Research findings reveal a considerable improvement in students' attitudes towards interdisciplinary studying of optics and electronics. The research also indicates that in addition to an increase in the students' interest in the program, their desire to continue with more advanced studies in these fields increased as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92890L (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070379
Show Author Affiliations
Aharon Gero, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Efrat Zach, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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