Report on the Summer Course "Research in Physics Education"
July 15-25, 2003
For the first time the Research on Physics Education has been
the subject of a Summer School of the International School of Physics 'Enrico
Fermi', born in 1953, one of the most world-wide known institutions of the
SIF (Italian Physical Society).
The Course was co-directed by Matilde Vicentini (University of Rome 'La Sapienza')
and Edward F. Redish (University of Maryland - USA). The Scientific Secretary
was Carlo Tarsitani (University of Rome 'La Sapienza').
Review of the research on cognitive models
Laboratory activities in physical teaching
Thinking about the foundations and the structure of Physics for teaching
Teaching Physics in a broader cultural perspective
Studies on the students' learning of Physics in various teaching contexts
The research on the design of teaching sequences
The role of formative assessment in teaching Physics
The role of computer simulations in teaching
Problems in teaching modern Physics
In some of the seminars information about the activities of
various agencies were given: ICPE-IUPAP (Prof. J. Sahm), European Physics
Society (Prof. G. Tibell), EUPEN (Prof. H. Ferdinande).
Students and observers had the opportunity to illustrate their research activities
either in posters (~20) or in brief oral presentations (~10).
Lecturers and seminar speakers
P. Black, King's College, London (UK)
A. Di Sessa, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
M. Euler, University of Kiel (Germany)
H. Ferdinande, EUPEN, Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
N. Grimellini, Università di Bologna (Italy)
P. Guidoni, Università di Napoli (Italy)
D. Hammer, University of Maryland (USA)
P. Heron, University of Washington, Seattle (USA)
J. Mestre, University of Massachusetts (USA)
V. Otero, University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)
R. Pintò, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
E.F.Redish, University of Maryland (USA)
J. Sahm, Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
G. Tibell, Uppsala University (Sweden)
M. Vicentini, Università di Roma 'La Sapienza' (Italy)
L. Viennot, Université Denis Diderot, Paris (France)
Data on participants
Total number of participants: 93
Number of students: 42
Number of observers: 25
Participation by women:
Number of participants not from the host country: 59
Number of participants from developing countries: students:
4, observers: 2
UNESCO supported the living expenses of Eastern Europe participants. No grant
for living expenses was available for participants from other developing countries.
The IUPAP support for travel grants has been used for the students
and observers coming from Albania, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Slovakia (2),
following your suggestions (taking into account the unfavorable change from
US$ to Euros.and the effective price of air travel tickets).
By next November the Proceedings will be available and 15 copies
will be sent to the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste.