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Active learning in optics and photonics (ALOP): a model for teacher training and professional development
Author(s): Minella Alarcon; Zohra Ben Lakhdar; Ivan Culaba; Souad Lahmar; Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan; Alexander P. Mazzolini; Joel Maquiling; Joseph Niemela

Paper Abstract

Based on physics education goals adopted at the 2005 World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development, the workshop on "Active learning in optics and photonics (ALOP)" has been described as a model for teacher training and professional development. This paper describes the basic philosophy and elements of the workshop and how it has served physics teachers in schools and introductory college/university in the developing world. Its main philosophy of fostering modern hands-on learning techniques-- adapted to local culture, needs and availability of teaching resources-- is elaborated. The workshop provides the participants with a conceptual evaluation instrument, drawn from relevant physics education research, giving teachers an important tool to measure student learning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 778303 (20 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.860708
Show Author Affiliations
Minella Alarcon, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (France)
Zohra Ben Lakhdar, Univ. El Manar (Tunisia)
Ivan Culaba, Ateneo de Manila Univ. (Philippines)
Souad Lahmar, Institut Preparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (Tunisia)
Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Alexander P. Mazzolini, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Joel Maquiling, Ateneo de Manila Univ. (Philippines)
Joseph Niemela, The Abdus Salam International Ctr. for Theoretical Physics (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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