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Introducing optics education at the high school level: the Kentucky approach
Author(s): Stephen H. Cobb; John T. Tarvin; Bobby G. Malone

Paper Abstract

The Kentucky state legislature has recently instituted a program for public education reform at all levels. This effort is being watched by many states considering similar restructuring of their public school systems. An associated resolution mandates that state universities support this reform effort by serving as a resource for staff development, teacher education, and program development. In keeping with this mandate, the Physics Department of Murray State University (MSU) has adopted a strategic plan which includes the initiation of a series of workshops and seminars for the benefit of regional high school science teachers. A key element in this plan has been the development of a workshop in optics. The focus of this effort is: (1) to provide teachers with resource material, lecture and demonstration ideas, and an introduction to unfamiliar technology, and (2) to subsequently motivate good students toward study and careers in optical physics by involving them in their own learning. Details of this program are given, outlining the structure and content of the workshops as well as an assessment of their reception and success.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1603, Education in Optics, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57861
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen H. Cobb, Murray State Univ. (United States)
John T. Tarvin, Murray State Univ. (United States)
Bobby G. Malone, Murray State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1603:
Education in Optics
Gregory B. Altshuler; Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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