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Learning to teach optics through experiments and demonstrations
Author(s): Jesús Lancis; Mercedes Fernández-Alonso; Lluis Martínez-León; Enrique Tajahuerce-Romera; Gladis Mínguez-Vega

Paper Abstract

We have applied an active methodology to pre-service teacher training courses and to active teacher workshops on Optics. As a practical resource, a set of demonstrations has been used to learn how to perform classroom demonstrations. The set includes experiments about polarization and birefringence, optical information transmission, diffraction, fluorescence or scattering. It had been prepared for Science popularization activities and has been employed in several settings with a variety of audiences. In the teacher training sessions, simple but clarifying experiments have been performed by all the participants. Moreover, in these workshops, devices or basic set-ups, like the ones included in our demonstration set, have been built. The practical approach has allowed the enthusiastic sharing of teaching and learning experiences among the workshop participants. We believe that such an active orientation in teacher training courses promotes the active and collaborative teaching and learning of Optics in different levels of Education.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92891C (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070521
Show Author Affiliations
Jesús Lancis, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)
Mercedes Fernández-Alonso, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)
Lluis Martínez-León, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)
Enrique Tajahuerce-Romera, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)
Gladis Mínguez-Vega, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)

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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