Didactics of Physics I - EFQ2

Ano letivo: 2019-2020
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language
20032431175pt *)

*) N.B.  if there are students who do not speak Portuguese the language is English.

Learning goals
Based on the work of Lee Shulman, 1987, about knowledge base of teaching one aims at the development of:
- an enlarged and meaningful Physics Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) acquisition, based on previously acquired Physics content knowledge and adapted to teaching secondary school students (using National Programs and Guidelines as a reference);
- future teachers? reflexive skills, fostering creativity in teaching and the analysis of effectiveness of teaching activities;
- competences in analysis and synthesis, mainly the ones concerned with problem solving and their contribution to meaningful Physics learning;
- self-criticism and self-evaluation, fostering future adequate criticism end evaluation of own students.
1. Introduction
The development of Physics as a science; physics concepts and models, and real life. The language of Physics and everyday language. Students misconceptions, their possible origins, their prevalence, eventual ways to correct them.
Physics National programs and Guides and Physics teaching modes: lectures, direct teaching, laboratory work, discussions and problem solving: students evaluations to reveal attained cognitive development levels.
2. Developing PCK on previous learned Physics content present in secondary school programs, looked at through concerns present in the Introduction.
Mechanics ? movements, interactions, fields, energies of real bodies.
Thermodynamics ? heat, radiation, temperature.
Electric and electromagnetic phenomena.
Knowledge of Physics and associated competences, compulsory to be accepted on the Master degree (50 ECTS)
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence in oral and written communication;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field;
. Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice;
. Competence in organization and planning;
. Competence for working in group;
. Critical thinking;
. Adaptability to new situations;
. Self-criticism and self-evaluation;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
laboratory classes45
total of teaching hours90

Problem solving15 %
Mini tests10 %
Exam75 %
assessment implementation in 20192020
Assessment Mini Tests: 30.0%
Resolution Problems: 30.0%
Exam: 40.0%

Bibliography of reference
?de Almeida, MJ. Preparação de Professores de Física - Uma contribuição científico-pedagógica e didática. Editora Almedina, Coimbra, 2004.
?Costa, MMR and de Almeida, MJ. Fundamentos de Física. Editora Almedina, Coimbra, 2012.
?Manuais dos Ensinos Básico e Secundário.
?McDermott, L. Physics By Inquiry: volumes I e II. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York, 1996.
?Orientações Curriculares, Metas e Programas de Física dos Ensinos Básico e Secundário.
?Tipler, PA. Física: volumes 1, 2 e 3. LTC Editora, SA, Rio de Janeiro, 1999.
Teaching method
. Presentation and discussion of Physics content present either on National Curricular Guides or on National Programs, always envisaging connections among physics content delivered at different school levels; real world situations; detection of eventual misconceptions; reflexive discussions and proposal of corrections; other examples; homework;
. Teaching Physics in lower and upper secondary school levels;
. Problem solving activities, some of them analyzed as future Physics teachers who will evaluate their own students;
. Group work and its potentialities.
Resources used
Data show, projector de acetatos.