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Importance of experimentation on teaching the basics of optics at elementary to high school
Author(s): Manuel F. M. Costa

Paper Abstract

In 1996 the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology opened a scholarship program aiming the improvement and enlargement of the use of experimentation on teaching science classes in non university schools. Inscribed on that program' spirit I proposed two different projects on the theme of elementary optics teaching. In both, approved, projects I count with the active cooperation of two groups of physics (and chemistry) teachers and the respective schools (grades from fifth to twelfth). Both projects had the same object and goals. However they correspond to different ways of meeting the objectives. The first project named 'Light, Color and Vision' is located on a small village' school with a large percentage of students coming from rural areas. The actions take place mostly in the eighth grade classes of physics and chemistry, during class time and were included on teacher's class programmation. On the other hand the project 'The Fascination of Light' takes place on a town's large high school. The experimental work sessions occur after school time and are not mandatory. A group of voluntary science students (with no age or grade limitation) was accepted to attend all sessions. However the sessions are always open to all school' students at any time. In the overall over 400 students are involved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3190, Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294388
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Manuel F. M. Costa, Univ. do Minho (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3190:
Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics
Christiaan H. F. Velzel, Editor(s)

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