LABORATORY TEACHING AND ORGANIZATION IN PHYSICS EDUCATION

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Course Code: 
PYE 7201
Course Credit Units: 
2
Semester: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course covers the importance of the laboratory in effective teaching and learning of physics. In a bid to encourage the use of technology in the Physics classrooms, the following questions will be used as a form of a guide to the discussions and investigations carried out during the programme:

  • What pedagogical strategies should physics teachers use in enhancing the use of laboratory equipment as instructional materials, including those based on multimedia?
  • How should educators deploy, manage, and evaluate laboratory experiments in classrooms for optimal educational effect?

The course will include the review of the issues currently surrounding physics teaching in Uganda, observation/participation in a local secondary school and assisting either a student or practicing teacher in formulating specific practical problems confronting physics teachers in the laboratory. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to: 1.         Apply theoretical perspectives and research findings in the planning of physics learning experiences;2.         Design learning experiences appropriate to the development, interests and needs of learners, the conceptual demands of science and the nature of students’ learning in physics;3.         Plan and manage learning activities in the laboratory and outside the classroom, with due cognizance of safe practices and occupational health and safety policies;4.         Address gender, multicultural and other cross-curriculum issues applicable to physics laboratory activities and provide for students with special needs in the planning and management of physics learning experiences;

LABORATORY TEACHING
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