The Teaching of Physics (Secondary)

CS1 Physics Structure for BA/BSc (Ed)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
2 ACP22A Understanding the Physics Curriculum Core 3 -
3 ACP32A Physics Instruction & Microteaching Core 3 -
4 ACP42A Assessment in Physics Education Core 3 -
ACP42B Reflective Teaching and Inquiry in Physics Core 3 -

CS2 Physics Structure for BA/BSc (Ed)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
2 ACP22A Understanding the Physics Curriculum Core 3 -
3 ACP32A Physics Instruction & Microteaching Core 3 -
4 ACP42A Assessment in Physics Education Core 3 -

Course Synopses

ACP22A Understanding the Physics Curriculum

The course attempts to provide student teachers in initial teacher education programmes with an understanding of school pupils they will be taking charge of. To improve their teaching efforts, they will be exposed to individual differences in learning, diagnosis, and strategies to deal with different ability groups as represented in the Gifted, Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Streams. Special effort will be devoted to helping the student teachers deal with critical incidents. Lectures on showmanship, creativity, thinking skills, inquiry, telling and explaining will be included as the key elements in support of good teaching.

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ACP32A Physics Instruction & Microteaching

In this course, student teachers will learn to plan a coherent and engaging lesson, and carry them out. They will be introduced to a repertoire of instructional strategies that they can employ to effectively support students’ physics learning, and put theories into practice.

Student-teachers will sharpen their teaching skills through an iterative process of Planning, Implementing and Reflecting. They will have first-hand experience on how to select and write appropriate learning objectives, and sequence their activities to ensure a coherent and continuous development of ideas or skills, selecting and developing resources (e.g. worksheets), and planning for assessing students’ learning. Through teaching in simulated and real situations, student teachers are exposed to different techniques of implementing their lesson plan. Emphasis is placed on specific skills like introducing and concluding lessons, classroom discourse, techniques of explanation and questioning, engagement of students’ higher order thinking, and conducting individual and group work.

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ACP42A Assessment in Physics Education

This course examines critical issues pertaining to assessment and evaluation of Physics learning, including formative assessment and alternative forms of assessment. It also deals with resource management, particularly with reference to laboratory work in the context of practical assessment. Safety in science laboratories, the role of practical work and the enhancement of science process skills are discussed. The course also seeks to develop student teachers’ skills in development of physics tests, marking and analyzing of test papers with an emphasis on how to give useful feedback to students, parents and other stakeholders.

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ACP42B Reflective Teaching and Inquiry in Physics

Teaching and learning in physics classroom can be improved if teachers reflect on and inquire into their teaching practice. The course provides student teachers with an understanding of issues to help them in their classroom practices, be it curriculum, instruction or assessment. Student-teachers will be engaged in critical reflection of the problems and challenges faced during their Teaching Practice I. They will carry out an inquiry into these issues with an aim to find solutions to their challenges. This will better prepare them as lifelong learners.

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