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Kindergarten' optics
Author(s): Manuel F. M. Costa; Júlia Campos; Madalena Lira; Sandra Franco

Paper Abstract

The introduction to our school’ students of the wonders of light and optics and its understanding can and should be made as extensively as possible. As soon as at kindergarten level! A hands-on approach leading the students to observe experiment and discover themselves in a critical committed and active way the different aspects of light and optics should be employed at all school levels and must be the main driving pedagogical practice of all learning process of science and technology. In this communication we present a series of experiments and support material designed in this hands-on perspective to be used to introduce the study of optics to kindergarten and early basic school students. A critical evaluation of the first results of the application of these material with students aged 4 to 10 years will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 966605 (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2207953
Show Author Affiliations
Manuel F. M. Costa, Univ. do Minho (Portugal)
Júlia Campos, Univ. do Minho (Portugal)
Madalena Lira, Univ. do Minho (Portugal)
Sandra Franco, Univ. do Minho (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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