A solid and widespread scientific culture can be achieved if science education and in particular physics education start very early, together with the first experiments in observing and representing the world around, at nursery and primary school; therefore the teachers have to be formed for this task.Several studies on people’s familiarity with physics report that it is scanty, often resulting from a reductionist teaching method, based on a synthesis of the main ideal laws offered as a basic set of knowledge which can be applied to any context. Pre-service education and training of teachers, started in 1998 in many Italian universities more than eight years  after the law which had instituted it (law no. 341/1990), is an opportunity that should not be missed, in order to offer the new generations of teachers a knowledge of physics which is solidly anchored to their professionalism, so as to be used it in children’ education.Educational design is one of the main professional skills, so an important issues to be dealt with in pre-service training is to provide the teachers with basic scientific culture which may enable them to perform successful educational design in spite of their limited knowledge of the subject. A joint research experiment on educational path design was carried out by researchers of the Universities of Modena and Reggio Emilia and of Udine within the course in Design of Educational Experiments which is common to the degree courses in Education of both University sites. During the experiment a model of blended activity and a prototype of interactive web-based environment were developed. The web-supported joint activity completing the training path, object of this paper, consists in the in-depth study of an assigned topic, in the search for experimental solutions and in the design of educational paths. The subject chosen was simple machines. In this paper will be analyzed the contribution of the web-supported cooperation work to the connection between knowledge in the discipline, the knowledge contextualized with experiments or applications, and the psycho-pedagogical knowledge for educational path design.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Titolo:||Formal and informal aspects of the teacher formation: an open distance-learning context for educational design on simple machines|
|Autori:||F. CORNI; M. MICHELINI|
|Data del convegno:||5-9 September 2005|
|Nome del convegno:||Informal learning and public understanding of Physics - selected contributions|
|Luogo del convegno:||LJUBLJANA|
|Titolo del libro:||Selected papers of the 3rd International GIREP seminar "Informal learning and public understanding of Physics"|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Relazione in Atti di Convegno|
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