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Core Knowledge Movement Inspired Teachers Preparation in Middle School Physics
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:10 PM -7:20 PM
  Author: Ana Rita Mota
CFP e Departamento de Física e Astronomia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
  Co-Author(s): J M.B. Lopes dos Santos
  Abstract: We present a study involving physics teaching in Portuguese schools (seventh and eighth grades) inspired by the Core Knowledge movement (CKM), which defends the need for common curricula, well-defined teaching objectives and carefully planned classes. The project combined this approach with teacher training and weekly lab work, and required careful preparation of teaching materials (lesson plans and proposals for experimental activities), which were an outcome of the project. It was assessed with an analysis of the results of two groups; the experimental group under this instruction (CKM) and the control one, where the classes were taught the traditional Portuguese way. Data sources included analysis of the students' pre- and post-tests and interviews with the teachers involved. We found that the CKM instruction, inserted in an interactive and well-designed teaching environment, was more effective in promoting conceptual change and scientific understandings than the instruction in a traditional course.
  Footnotes: Sponsor: Carlos Manuel C. Guimaraes Carvalho Member ID: 41156
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